After a 45 day long wait Rahul Gandhi going to spend 3 hrs precious time with quake hit people in Doda

Finally on Saturday,after a  gap of 45 days, All India Congress Committee Vice President Rahul Gandhi would be sparing little over precious three hours time to visit quake hit areas of erstwhile Doda district.

Rahul gandhiAccording to official sources Rahul would be reaching Doda shortly after 9.00 a.m via Udhampur and would then visit Budgam after 12.00 p.m along with Union Health and Family welfare Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad, Prof Saif Ud Din Soz and AICC leader Mohan Prakash.
During his stay with the affected families Rahul would be hoping to apply balm on their wounds and listen patiently to their grievances.

On the other hand the poor and needy people would be hoping to hear golden words of the dynamic Congress leader as regards receiving some relief and getting rehabilitated to bring back their derailed lives on track.

After all for last 45 days the people in the area have been awaiting distribution of relief material but till date  they have not received any thing but hollow assurances.

Though Rahul was expected to visit the area on May 28 but his visit was postponed in the wake of Maoist attack in Chattisgarh.

Doda-quakeThe centre govt is yet to apply its mind and announce whether they are going to sanction the financial assistance as projected by the state govt. On May 21 the state cabinet had approved a relief and rehabilitation package to the tune of Rs 607 crore while seeking assistance from the centre.

Meanwhile, the efforts made by the Chief Minister Omar Abdullah to help affected people with funds from the state disaster relief fund cut little ice with the affected population as they refused to accept the paltry assistance.

 All along the leaders in the Doda region and the state cabinet have raised hopes of the people that they would be receiving the assistance at par with the Leh cloud burst victims and soon the centre govt would announce the same.
quake damage_doda
Apparently, the centre was not convinced with the assessment made by the state government and was waiting for its own agencies to submit a detailed assessment report on the basis of which they were expected to sanction the financial assistance.
As per rough estimates the May 1 earthquake caused widespread damage to over 70,000 structures besides large number of state govt buildings including schools and heatlh centres.

It remains to be seen whether the high profile visit of the congress vice president would be enough to convince the central govt agencies to accept the assesment report prepared by  the state govt or they would take a liberal view and approve the package on the basis of their own assessment reports to enable the affected population restart construction/renovation/repair work of their damaged houses before the onset of monsoon.

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