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Chief Secretary Leads Review of Relief and Rehabilitation Efforts in Wake of Ramban Land Subsidence

Srinagar, May 04: In anticipation of the Union Home Secretary’s forthcoming review on the land subsidence in Pernote village of Ramban district, Chief Secretary Atal Dulloo spearheaded a comprehensive evaluation of the relief and rehabilitation measures undertaken by the administration for the affected populace.
The meeting convened a distinguished array of officials including ACS for Jal Shakti/FC Revenue, ACS for Forests, Principal Secretary for Home, Divisional Commissioner for Jammu, ADGP for Law and Order, Secretary for Revenue, Secretary for DMRR&R, DC for Ramban, and representatives from the Geological Survey of India (GSI), among others.
Dulloo meticulously assessed the relief initiatives initiated by the divisional administration to alleviate the suffering of affected families. He inquired about the health status of victims and scrutinized the aid extended by the local administration. Additionally, he sought information on the overall damage inflicted on the livelihoods of affected individuals and urged the formulation of long-term rehabilitation strategies.
Engaging with GSI scientists, the Chief Secretary delved into the scientific rationale behind the natural calamity and solicited recommendations for preventive measures to forestall future incidents. He emphasized the importance of conducting a detailed analysis of the area, considering past occurrences, and advocated for a comprehensive evaluation of critical infrastructure such as transmission towers, railways, water distribution networks, and roadways to facilitate tailored planning.
Dulloo also directed attention towards the status of alternative links connecting Gool Sub-division to Ramban and urged the expeditious restoration of affected services and utilities.
Providing insights into ongoing efforts, Divisional Commissioner Ramesh Kumar outlined the relief measures being implemented by the administration. He highlighted relief categories including ex-gratia for damaged structures, assistance for land loss, provision of fodder/feed for animals, and distribution of tentages and food arrangements. Additionally, he proposed measures for the permanent rehabilitation of affected families and provided updates on utility restoration and the progress of the 400kv transmission line restoration.

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