In 2021, Himachal Pradesh suffered a loss of more than Rs 1400 crore due to rain, hailstorm and unseasonal snowfall. The state government made an assessment of the damage caused to government and non-government property and farmers’ crops due to the disaster and sent the report twice to the Government of India for the purpose of providing compensation to the affected families, but both times as compensation from the Modi government. Couldn’t find either.
Surprisingly, in the month of November last year, three teams of 8 to 10 officers of the Center came to different areas of the state to assess the damage and in the last also held a meeting with the Chief Secretary of the state Ram Subhag Singh regarding the damage. .
During this, Himachal Pradesh was assured of a proper compensation amount, but seven months have passed since the visit of the teams of the Center, Himachal has not been able to get the relief fund. This is being told for the first time that during the last several years, the Center has not given relief funds to the state in return for the damage caused by calamities like heavy rain, hailstorm, unseasonal snowfall, while in 2021 and 2022 alone, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has visited Himachal four times. Huh.
2021 has been the most dangerous in terms of disaster in the rainy season. In 2021, the highest number of deaths occurred during the monsoon season at 435 compared to the last five years. Similarly, there was a loss of Rs 1136 crore to government and non-government property. Last year, when the rain disaster in Batseri, Newgalsari and Lahaul Spiti caused huge destruction, the Prime Minister and the Home Minister talked to the Chief Minister of the state and assured them of proper help, but the relief amount was not given.
Unseasonal snowfall wreaked havoc
In April last year, unseasonal snowfall wreaked havoc on fruits like apples, cherries, plums, pears etc. for the first time. Snowfall and hailstorm caused a loss of Rs 280 crore to various fruits. During that time heavy snowfall destroyed the orchards laden with apple seeds. Hundreds of plants were uprooted from the ground.
280 crore loss in Shimla district alone
Anti Hail Net (Ola Blocker Jaliya) also exploded. In Shimla district alone, there was a loss of more than 200 crores. In the month of May, hailstorm also caused heavy damage to other fruits including apples. The state government collected a report from the field on the damage caused by the unseasonal calamity and sent it to the Centre, but even after a lapse of more than a year, the wounds of the affected gardeners have not healed.
Wasteful expenditure on visits of officials
Eight to 10 officers from the Center went to different areas of Himachal to assess the damage. Lakhs of rupees were spent on his visit. Questions have also been raised on his tour because the snowfall caused damage in April 2021 and the rain caused havoc in August and September, while the central team comes to see the damage in November. Till then the traces of destruction are erased.
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