Shimla, Aug 20 : Himachal Pradesh rendered an accumulated loss of Rs 625 crore revenue and property during this monsoon season, as out of 63 lives, 25 people died in the last three days in the state.
This was stated by Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur, while replying to a discussion on the issue of monsoon loss, brought up by a number of MLAs in the House, under Rule 130. He said the government is working on a war footing to restore the normal lives, however, government efforts could not entirely fund the loss caused by the monsoon rain.
He said that loss of Rs 323 crore was rendered to road, bridges and public properties of Public Works Department Rs 269 Cr to IPH. Chief Minister said that about 5929 water lifting and water supply scheme are affected in the state.
He said that Rs 38 Cr loss was rendered to the standing crops and Rs 6.13 to horticulture produces sofar. He said that ABOUT 224 animals and cattle died in the rain and 789 cow sheds and houses collapsed. He said that Agriculture loss is expected to rise as the complete report was yet to collect. Chief Minister said that government has released Rs 93.60 Crore to various department and Rs 49 Crore were distributed directly to deputy commissioner to restore the road and public services. He said that Government is trying to get the special climatic relief from National Fund for Calamity (NFC) however this relief could be compensated by the center if rain loss to corps are above 33 percent.
State which was facing 30 percent shortage of rainfall till last three days got so much rain that total deficit of rain remained three percent, Mr. Thakur said. He said that Government already sounded red alert in the state and a control room has been set up before the natural calamity. All the state machinery was in high alert before this natural calamity as government already cancelled the leave of government employees.
Chief minister assured that the government would try to include the suggestions of members in its planning as many members advised to make channelization of rivers and rivulets and proper drainage in the state. We would wait for the central team to come in the state and entire loss rendered by the heavy rainfall to be presented before this team to get liberal assistance from the union government, he added.
The BJP member Rakesh Pathania, Col Inder Singh, Vikram Jaryal, Paramjeet Pami, Rajinder Garag and Subash Thakur and Kamlesh Kumari and CPI(M) Mr. Rakesh Singha and Independent Hoshiyar Singh spoke on the issue of loss of rain in the house. (UNI)