By Our Staff Reporter
Pithoragarh, 31 Aug: Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami today visited the cloudburst hit village of Jumma, here, and took stock of the damage caused. He met the affected families accommodated at the SSB Camp nearby and extended his condolences and support. He also interacted with officials on the relief and rescue work underway. He undertook an aerial survey of the area to obtain a broader perspective on the disaster.
The CM said the state government stood with the affected families in their hour of grief and presented cheques of Rs 4 lakhs for each of the deceased as compensation. He also promised an additional Rs 1 lakh to the families for each deceased. Other assistance would also be made available. Two minutes’ silence was held in memory of the deceased.
Following this, the CM met locals at the Tourist Guest House in Dharchula and heard their problems. He also met NauGaon residents who had also been affected by heavy rain and directed the DM to provide the necessary relief. He announced construction of a security wall in Baram.
The CM also announced that the heli-service to the area would be extended for another month. Efforts would be made to make it a permanent feature. He promised to consider positively the proposal to construct embankments along the Kali River in Dharchula at a cost of Rs 42 crores. He promised the blocked roads in the area would be cleared at the earliest.
Reminding that foodstocks had been stored in the area for three months, Dhami gave the assurance that, in case of shortages, food would be transported by helicopter. Doctors too would be deployed in larger numbers. He praised the efforts made by the District Administration in response to the tragedy. He expressed happiness at the pace of vaccination in the state and assured that this would be completed in the next four months. Twenty lakh doses had been made available by the centres.
Also present were local MP Ajay Tamta, DM Dr Ashish Chauhan, SP Sukhbir Singh, Dhan Singh Dhami, Palika Chief Rajeshwari Devi, CDO Ashish Punetha, other officials and public representatives.