Showing a special gesture towards flood-hit people of Kashmir, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will travel to the valley on Diwali on Thursday to be with those who suffered due to last month’s deluge.
He may announce a special package during his day-long visit to Srinagar. The Prime Minister made the announcement about the visit himself on the micro-blogging site Twitter on Tuesday.
“Will be in Srinagar on Diwali, 23rd October and will spend the day with our sisters and brothers affected by the unfortunate flood,” he tweeted.
He is likely to meet delegations from various sections of the society at Raj Bhavan in Srinagar.
Ahead of his visit, an inter-ministerial team, comprising representatives from various ministries, are in the state to assess the damage caused by the recent floods in the state.
The delegation includes officials from the ministries of Home, Finance, Agriculture and Rural Development.
They met the state government officials and affected people to collate information about the damage caused to dwellings, crops, livestock, roads, bridges, embankments and other government properties.
Floods have resulted in the loss of 285 lives and affected around 3.5 lakh houses, of which 95,000 have collapsed, according to official estimates.
The flood has impacted upon some 25 Assembly constituencies including eight in Srinagar city.Modi has already announced Rs 1,000 crore for relief and rehabilitation of the state and promised to do whatever else the government can.
Omar Abdullah-led government has urged for a Rs 44,000 crore special financial package for providing of funds for rehabilitation of the people who suffered due to floods.