Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Wednesday flagged off first consignment of relief material for Uttarakhand’s flash flood victims.
While flagging off consignment of 100 tonne of rice, 20 tonne of atta, 18 tonne sugar, 75 tonne milk powder besides 15000 blankets and 14000 woolen clothes in 24 trucks for the flood victims in Uttrakhand, Badal saod that Punjab government is committed to provide all help to victims and he had recently called on Uttrakhand’s Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna to ascertain their requirement.
“Punjab government will further dispatch consignments of 1000 tonne of rice, 500 tonne of atta, 80 tonne of sugar besides 10000 blankets and woolen clothes each as and when required by the Uttrakhand government due to lack of adequate storage facility there,” Badal said, adding that the state government had already announced a grant of Rs 10 crore for the reconstruction of Sri Kedarnath Temple and the damaged infrastructure at Gobindghat.
Badal described the devastating flash floods in Uttrakhand as national tragedy and expressed complete solidarity with the people of Uttrakhand.
“Punjab government has deputed several senior Civil and Police officers besides deploying a fleet of nearly 300 buses and small vehicles for the timely evacuation of people standard in the valley,” Badal said.
Badal also lauded the efforts of relief and rehabilitation operations by the teams sent from Punjab and said that he will soon call on the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to hand over the state’s contribution towards the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund (PMNRF).