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Ahmedabad in Brief on 14th March Wednesday, March 14, 2001
Govt criticised over relief work
Trustee of the Gujarat Relief Committee Vadilal Kamdar said in a press release on Tuesday that the Government has still not taken any concrete step for the rehabilitation of quake-affected people in Kutch. He suggested that while framing the rehabilitation policy, Government should bear in mind the sentiments of affected people as many of them do not want to be relocated. He also said that Government should make arrangements for drinking water and fodder for cattle at the earliest.
Kolkata Gujarati Samaj helps
Delegation of the Kolkata Gujarati Samaj on Tuesday informed Governor Sundersingh Bhandari that it planned to contribute resources worth Rs 4 crore to the worst quake-hit areas of the State. These resources include tents and medicines along with other materials like special aids for the artisans of Kutch.
Assistance for Helpage India
Union Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment will now provide assistance to Helpage India in providing medical help to the quake-affected people of Gujarat. Helpage India is planning to increase the number of medical vans from six to 10 for providing services in the affected districts. Helpage India has also provided ration to 7,500 quake-affected families of Kutch, Rajkot and Surendranagar.
Israel donates 3,000 jackets
Israeli Ambassador David Aphek met Gujarat principal Resident Commissioner Sunil Sud and handed over 3,000 jackets of various sizes donated by the Israel Aircraft Industries Ltd for the quake-affected people of Gujarat. Israel has also set a mobile hospital in Bhuj for providing prompt medical aid to the people of Kutch. Director of Israel Aircraft Industries Ltd Haim Dayan was also present on the ocassion.
Stamp duty waived for quake-hit
Government has waived stamp duty and registration fee for the quake-affected people till March 31, 2002. This includes the stamp duty and registration fee incurred in construction of buildings, loans received from banks and other financial institutions and mortgage of property.
Weather-resistant houses on anvil
Gujarat Prantiya Maheshwari Sangathan, a unit of the Maheshwari community, is planning to construct 200 weather resistant houses of 200 sq ft each on a temporary basis for the quake-hit families of Kutch. The houses will be made from PVC sheets and have an attached toilet and bathroom, fluorescent lights and fans. Moreover the proposed dwellings shall be furnished with beds and essential household items. The first phase of the work is near completion and 12 such houses will be donated to the residents of Bhachau on March 22.
UNDP man praises relief work
Manager of United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Pravin Pardeshi has said the Government has proved during the recent quake that it can successfully face natural calamities. This was possible because people from all parts of the country helped in their own way in the relief operations.