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Parties raise questions over govt relief efforts

Rajeev Khanna
Tribune News Service
Nainital, October 3

Cynicism from all corners has marked the relief handling by the Bharatiya Janata Party government led by Dr Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank. The question being asked is that how did the government arrive at the “golden figure” of Rs 21,000 crore worth of losses when a large number of villages continue to be inaccessible and there is no accounting for the losses in a large number of areas. Over the past few days, voices and concerns have been raised about the parameter on the basis of which the losses have been calculated.

Sources in the administration have told The Tribune that there has been emphasis from the top levels to present inflated figures to the visiting Central teams. The irony of the entire relief operations has been that the various political groups and even the civil organisations are not much interested in how much money is being given by the Centre but the concern is on monitoring of the utilisation of whatever funds that are coming. It clearly points towards the people not having faith in the manner the government wants to utilise the funds. [more]