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April 14, 2001 - April 14, 2001

Anjar relief kitchens for quake victims being shut Saturday, April 14, 2001

RAJKOT: It is like rubbing salt on the wound. Relief kitchens in the quake-affected areas are being closed. This has led to a situation where quake victims will have to fight on one more front.

On one hand they have lost their jobs and have no avenue to earn a livelihood. On the other they have been deprived of meals they used to get. Residents of Anjar are now in a fix. They will have to procure their daily food on their own with the biggest problem being absence of roof under which they can cook their meals.

The Sitaram Parivar had set up a relief camp at Anjar on January 27 earthquake and fed 12,000 people daily. However, the figure of people availing this facility diminished. Yet last weekend almost 4,000 people still availed of the facility.

However, administration sources in Anjar said the Parivar had decided to wind up the kitchen leaving people in lurch.

A resident of Anjar said, "At least I could go out in search of a job without worrying for my family who would at least get a meal."

A woman who has lost her 13-year-old son in R-Day school rally at Khatri Chowk, is worried too with the kitchens being wound up. Where will we go for food? Time has come for us to beg but our social status prevents us from doing such a thing", she says. "We have no ration or foodgrains. We are at God's mercy", she moans.

Some carpenters and blacksmiths were angry at the delay in implementing the rehabilitation programme. "The government has begun to show step-motherly treatment towards quake-affected people and this is the first tell-tale sign", they said.

Victims moan that even before the rehab issue is settled, quake victims are being made to struggle for a morsel.

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Anjar relief kitchens for quake victims being shut Saturday, April 14, 2001

RAJKOT: It is like rubbing salt on the wound. Relief kitchens in the quake-affected areas are being closed. This has led to a situation where quake victims will have to fight on one more front.

On one hand they have lost their jobs and have no avenue to earn a livelihood. On the other they have been deprived of meals they used to get. Residents of Anjar are now in a fix. They will have to procure their daily food on their own with the biggest problem being absence of roof under which they can cook their meals.

The Sitaram Parivar had set up a relief camp at Anjar on January 27 earthquake and fed 12,000 people daily. However, the figure of people availing this facility diminished. Yet last weekend almost 4,000 people still availed of the facility.

However, administration sources in Anjar said the Parivar had decided to wind up the kitchen leaving people in lurch.

A resident of Anjar said, "At least I could go out in search of a job without worrying for my family who would at least get a meal."

A woman who has lost her 13-year-old son in R-Day school rally at Khatri Chowk, is worried too with the kitchens being wound up. Where will we go for food? Time has come for us to beg but our social status prevents us from doing such a thing", she says. "We have no ration or foodgrains. We are at God's mercy", she moans.

Some carpenters and blacksmiths were angry at the delay in implementing the rehabilitation programme. "The government has begun to show step-motherly treatment towards quake-affected people and this is the first tell-tale sign", they said.

Victims moan that even before the rehab issue is settled, quake victims are being made to struggle for a morsel.

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Anjar relief kitchens for quake victims being shut Saturday, April 14, 2001

RAJKOT: It is like rubbing salt on the wound. Relief kitchens in the quake-affected areas are being closed. This has led to a situation where quake victims will have to fight on one more front.

On one hand they have lost their jobs and have no avenue to earn a livelihood. On the other they have been deprived of meals they used to get. Residents of Anjar are now in a fix. They will have to procure their daily food on their own with the biggest problem being absence of roof under which they can cook their meals.

The Sitaram Parivar had set up a relief camp at Anjar on January 27 earthquake and fed 12,000 people daily. However, the figure of people availing this facility diminished. Yet last weekend almost 4,000 people still availed of the facility.

However, administration sources in Anjar said the Parivar had decided to wind up the kitchen leaving people in lurch.

A resident of Anjar said, "At least I could go out in search of a job without worrying for my family who would at least get a meal."

A woman who has lost her 13-year-old son in R-Day school rally at Khatri Chowk, is worried too with the kitchens being wound up. Where will we go for food? Time has come for us to beg but our social status prevents us from doing such a thing", she says. "We have no ration or foodgrains. We are at God's mercy", she moans.

Some carpenters and blacksmiths were angry at the delay in implementing the rehabilitation programme. "The government has begun to show step-motherly treatment towards quake-affected people and this is the first tell-tale sign", they said.

Victims moan that even before the rehab issue is settled, quake victims are being made to struggle for a morsel.

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355 relief works in drought affected areas started in Rajkot Saturday, April 14, 2001

RAJKOT: The Rajkot district administration has started 355 relief works in the drought-affected areas of the district providing employment to 1.37 lakh people. Of these 65,000 are males and 72,406 females.

Official sources on Friday said that, for the second consecutive year, the administration took up relief works in 865 villages in 11 talukas, which have been declared drought-affected.

According to official figures till April 7, areas where relief works have been started include 31 each in Jamkandorna, Kotdasanghani and Gondal respectively. Twenty-five relief works have been started in Dhoraji and Upleta respectively, 28 in Jetpur, 26 in Padadhari, 47 in Rajkot taluka, and 88 in Lodhika.

District collector P N Patel said a grant of Rs 9.25 crore has been earmarked for drought relief work and Rs 9.90 crore for supplying drinking water. He said drinking water is being supplied with 4129 trips of water tankers to 492 villages.

The district administration has started distributing cash doles from December last year and so far 13,040 people have been given cash doles. The dole is given at the rate of Rs 10 per adult, Rs 5 per child and Rs 20 for a pregnant woman.

The district has 31 cattle camps where cattle is being looked and there are 59 other gaushalas. Each 'gaushala' and 'panjrapole' are being paid Rs 10 per animal by the state government. There are 31 fodder depots in the district from where each and every taluka is supplied fodder according to their requirement. Four kg fodder is being given per cattle. The district has 43.53 lakh kg of fodder stored at the central depot of which 27.97 lakh kg has already been distributed.

Areas of Wankaner, Morbi and Maliya ravaged by the earthquake on January 26 have been covered under a special category of relief works. People working for removal of debris have been listed as those working on relief works and get wages on par with those employed on other relief works.

At present there are seven works going on for removal of debris at Wankaner, 15 in Morbi and four in Maliya. In Wankaner 285 people have provided employment, in Morbi 297 and in Maliya 30. Even tractors have been provided to workers for debris removal.

According to the collector, workers on relief works have been paid Rs 18 lakh as wages on 24 relief works at three talukas of Dhoraji, Jetpur and Padhadhari. The workers are also being given 12 kg of wheat priced at Rs 2 and 3 kg of rice priced at Rs 3.

This year relief works have been started from March onwards. Patel said last year upto June-end there were 1.29 workers who were given employment. This year, right from the beginning, 1.37 lakh people have been employed at different relief works.

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355 relief works started in Rajkot Saturday, April 14, 2001

RAJKOT: The Rajkot district administration has started 355 relief works in the drought-affected areas of the district providing employment to 1.37 lakh people. Of these 65,000 are males and 72,406 females.

Official sources on Friday said that, for the second consecutive year, the administration took up relief works in 865 villages in 11 talukas, which have been declared drought-affected.

According to official figures till April 7, areas where relief works have been started include 31 each in Jamkandorna, Kotdasanghani and Gondal respectively. Twenty-five relief works have been started in Dhoraji and Upleta respectively, 28 in Jetpur, 26 in Padadhari, 47 in Rajkot taluka, and 88 in Lodhika.

District collector P N Patel said a grant of Rs 9.25 crore has been earmarked for drought relief work and Rs 9.90 crore for supplying drinking water. He said drinking water is being supplied with 4129 trips of water tankers to 492 villages.

The district administration has started distributing cash doles from December last year and so far 13,040 people have been given cash doles. The dole is given at the rate of Rs 10 per adult, Rs 5 per child and Rs 20 for a pregnant woman.

The district has 31 cattle camps where cattle is being looked and there are 59 other gaushalas. Each 'gaushala' and 'panjrapole' are being paid Rs 10 per animal by the state government. There are 31 fodder depots in the district from where each and every taluka is supplied fodder according to their requirement. Four kg fodder is being given per cattle. The district has 43.53 lakh kg of fodder stored at the central depot of which 27.97 lakh kg has already been distributed.

Areas of Wankaner, Morbi and Maliya ravaged by the earthquake on January 26 have been covered under a special category of relief works. People working for removal of debris have been listed as those working on relief works and get wages on par with those employed on other relief works.

At present there are seven works going on for removal of debris at Wankaner, 15 in Morbi and four in Maliya. In Wankaner 285 people have provided employment, in Morbi 297 and in Maliya 30. Even tractors have been provided to workers for debris removal.

According to the collector, workers on relief works have been paid Rs 18 lakh as wages on 24 relief works at three talukas of Dhoraji, Jetpur and Padhadhari. The workers are also being given 12 kg of wheat priced at Rs 2 and 3 kg of rice priced at Rs 3.

This year relief works have been started from March onwards. Patel said last year upto June-end there were 1.29 workers who were given employment. This year, right from the beginning, 1.37 lakh people have been employed at different relief works.

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