Aadhar-card rider disablement in searching relief for flood-victims: Govt

In September 2014, the Kashmir region saw tragic floods across many of its regions caused by heavy rainfall. The Indian managed Jammu and Kashmir, as well as Pakistan managed Azad Kashmir, the major areas that were affected included Gilgit-Baltistan and Punjab By September 24, 2014, approximately 277 people in the country and 280 people in Pakistan had died due to the overflows.

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According to the Home Ministry of India, some thousand villages across the state had been hit and three ninety villages had been totally flooded. In actual statistics 2600 settlements were reported to be affected in Jammu and Kashmir, out of which 390 were completely submerged. 1225 villages were partly affected and 1000 villages were affected in Jammu Division.

The state government has well-versed Jammu and Kashmir High court that necessary furnishing of Aadhaar Cards is evidencing a weakness for the Government to upload the list of receivers and claimants online, whose living places were smashed in shattering floods in September last year.

Hearing a Public Interest Lawsuit on restoration of flood victims of 2014 Floods, a union bench comprising Chief Justice N Paul Vasanthakumar and also Justice Ali Muhammad Magrey, still, observed, “Aadhaar cards can never be made essential for proof of identity as also held by the Supreme Court.”

“You are making the process complex. There is voter identity card, gas-connection card, ration card etc which can be used as unique individual proof,” the bench witnessed.

The bench made these annotations following the proposal by Advocate General, R A Jan that Central National Disaster Management Authority has pursued Aadhaar card as identity proof before releasing the return to beneficiaries of the devastating flood funds, whose homes were damaged in floods in September 2014.

The Advocate General appealed that the state government has occupied the issue of Aadhaar card with the central government and demanded that the same be distributed with voter identity card or gas connection card be considered as identity proof.

In the meantime the bench focused the Assistant Solicitor General  ASGI, S A Makroo, seeming for the central government, to pursue info whether the central government has spread with Aadhar Card as identity proof for discharging the compensation and acknowledged other identity proofs for emancipating the funds for the flood victims.

Advocate Jehnagir Iqbal Ganie on behalf of the supplicant at the threshold of the actions drew consideration of the court in the direction of the affidavit by central government representing that payment for the flood affected people could not be on the loose as the state government has not posted the list of recipients.

The express judgment was taken after J&K Governor NN Vohra saw union home minister Rajnath Singh and union finance minister Arun Jaitley amongst assumptions to discuss government formation and augmenting relief return for flood victims as an instant measure.

Rajnath Singh discussed with the Prime Minister Narendra Modi to get an initial agreement for the entire obtainable funds being used to appropriately recompense the owners of harshly and partially damaged pacca and katcha houses.

The document attests that the central government was prepared to pay added financial assistance of fifty thousand each for harshly damaged ‘paca’ house and twenty five thousand each for partly damaged house, ten thousand to severally dented ‘kacha’ house and five thousand to partially ‘kacha’ house but miscarried to do so for the list of receivers to be uploaded by the state government.

Closely 2.5 lakh constructions were smashed in the shattering floods in the month of September 2014 and out of them, 199,964 are inhabited houses. 20952 belong to the fully broken ‘pucca/kutcha’ group.

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