Leh,August 9 (Scoop News) – In order to give necessary fillip to the measures put in place for restoration of public services rendering installations and rehabilitation of the affected families in Leh and around, Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah Monday personally monitored the stupendous task here and directed for redoubling of efforts in this direction. This is the second visit of the Chief Minister to Leh in last four days to oversee the relief and rescue measures and rehabilitation operation.
The Chief Minister who air dashed to Leh this morning was accompanied by a team of administrative secretaries, heads of the departments and Chief Engineers. He visited various places in Leh town and its periphery to assess the requirements for restoration of utility services. He also took stock of supply of essentials to the people and health care service to the injured.
Omar said that administration has been geared up at all levels to launch restoration and rehabilitation works on war footing. “The natural calamity has created devastation and huge loss of precious human lives has occurred. “While we are deeply painful for the loss of human lives and anxious for missing persons, we have to devote attention for restoration of all essential services besides providing necessary help to the affected people for their rehabilitation” he added.
He authorized the Commissioner/Secretary Planning and Development Departments who is also the Administrative Secretary for Ladakh Affairs to release the necessary funds wherever required for restoring essential services in the areas hit by the cloud burst and torrential rains.
The Chief Minister also interacted with the people at various places and assured them all possible help from the State Government for the speedy rehabilitation of calamity survivors and best medical treatment to the injured. “The people of the entire state are with you in this hour of grief and everything possible will be done for the restoration and rehabilitation of the affected families”, he told them. He also visited the Hospitals and enquired welfare of the injured. He prayed for early recovery of the injured and directed the authorities to provide best medicare facility to the injured.
Later, chairing a high level meeting of officers here, the Chief Minister got appraisal of the mobilization of the resources and financial aspects to meet the immediate needs on restoration and rehabilitation count. He said rebuilding of damaged infrastructure, restoration of essential services and rehabilitation process should go simultaneously. “A two pronged programme with emergency and permanent phenomenon should be initiated to help speedy recovery and rehabilitation before the onset of winter”.
Omar taking sectoral appraisal of Power, R&B,
He laid stress for immediate necessary repairs to the receiving stations and other power installations to fully restore electric supply. He also reviewed the restoration of Leh-Kargil and Leh-Manali roads. He was informed that work is on apace on both the roads and Leh-Manali stretch will be opened within three days.
The Chief Minister reviewing the supply position and distribution of essential commodities including petroleum products directed the IOC authorities, present in the meeting, to provide full supply of fuel to the public service rendering departments to enable them to reach out the people in the affected areas. The State Government will bear the cost of the fuel, he added.
He appreciated the role of Army, Police, Civil Administration and above all the general public who put in all efforts to rescue the people and provide necessary relief to the affected.
Omar directed for airlifting of critically injured patients to the major hospitals outside Leh for appropriate treatment. The airlifting of these patients will take place from tomorrow.
The Chief Minister was informed that district administration is fully geared up and is providing every facility to the people wherever required.
Omar asked the officers to be prompt and responsive to public call and render dedicated service in the present hour of challenge. “Government will extend every support in the efforts of district administration in the gigantic process of revival of essential services and rehabilitation process”, he said.
The meeting among others was attended by the Principal Secretary, Health, R. K. Jerath, Principal Secretary, Power, B.R. Sharma, Commissioner Secretary, Planning and Ladakh Affairs, B. B. Vyas, Development Commissioner, Power, Chief Engineers of R&B, PHE and PDD and Deputy Commissioner, Leh. Senior Army and Police officers were also present in the meeting besides representatives of Indian Oil Companies (IOC) and other Central agencies.