JAMMU: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today approved financial aid of over Rs 400 crore for flood victims in Jammu and Kashmir who lost their houses in the deluge in September last year.
"The Prime Minister today approved Rs 426.83 crore out of the Prime Ministers National Relief Fund (PMNRF) for assistance to the people who lost their houses in the devastating floods," a Raj Bhawan spokesman said here.
He said that the aid would benefit 1.87 lakh victims whose houses were damaged in the floods.
"The Prime Minister had earlier announced PMNRF relief of Rs 1 lakh and Rs 50,000 to the affected families whose houses had been fully damaged," he said.
He said that the financial assistance approved today by the Prime Minister envisages additional assistance of Rs 50,000 for completely damaged "pacca house", Rs 25,000 for partially damaged "pacca house", Rs 10,000 for completely damaged "kacha house" while Rs 5,000 for partially damaged "kacha house".
"An amount of Rs 154.66 crore would be distributed among 30,933 people whose pacca houses were completely damaged. 92,024 people whose pacca houses were partially damaged would get an amount of Rs 232.56 crore," he said.
The spokesman said that 15,832 owners who completely lost their "kacha houses" would get an amount of Rs 15.83 crore whereas 47,550 people whose "kacha houses" were partially damaged would get an amount of Rs 23.77 crore.
He said that the Jammu and Kashmir Governor N N Vohra has expressed gratitude to the Union Home Minister and the Prime Minister for approving additional PMNRF relief to assist the flood-affected families.
He said that the financial assistances sanctioned under PMNRF will be in addition to Rs 12,600 and Rs 3,800 already paid to the affected owners as per the State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF) norms.