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Posted at: Nov 7, 2018, 1:08 AM; last updated: Nov 7, 2018, 1:08 AM (IST)

J&K to approach Centre to assess damage to crop

Tribune News Service

Jammu, November 6

The state administration on Tuesday announced that it would approach the Centre for deputing a team of officials to the Kashmir valley to assess the losses incurred by agriculture, horticulture and other sectors due to the recent snowfall.

The administration also directed the authorities concerned to undertake a preliminary survey to assess the losses to the property and crops and provide immediate relief to the affected as per the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) norms.

This was stated by Chief Secretary BVR Subrahmanyam while reviewing the measures initiated by the administration to restore essential services in the snow-affected areas of the state.

Subrahmanyam asked the district administrations to devise a concrete action plan in advance to deal with the situation arising due to the snowfall and bad weather during the winter to avoid inconvenience to the people.

“The action plan should include requirement of machinery, snow clearance, provision of resources, stocking up of essentials, setting up of control rooms for advance weather warning, keeping a stock of spare transformers and organising teams of the SDRF so that the situation is tackled effectively,” he said.

The Chief Secretary said adequate funds under the SDRF were available with all Deputy Commissioners and additional funds of Rs 10 crore each would be placed at their disposal by the department of disaster management, relief, rehabilitation and reconstruction.

Subrahmanyam also hailed the proactive response by the divisional and district administrations, power development department, public works department, public health engineering and housing and urban development departments in dealing with the situation post snowfall.

He also directed the officials concerned to conduct an inquiry within three days to find out the reasons for the collapse of four towers of the main transmission line, resulting in power outage in some areas.

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