February 02

 

Gujarat Earthquake

'19'

TEXTILE PACKAGE TO BENEFIT 1,00,000 EARTHQUAKE AFFECTED PERSONS IN GUJARAT

    The Textile package as announced by shri Kashiram Rana is expected to benefit about 1,00,000 affected persons in Gujarat. The package comprising of support from various segments of Textile industry is as under.

 

Gujarat Earthquake

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CAPART RELEASES RS. 5 CRORE FOR REHABILITATION IN GUJARAT

COORDINATED EFFORT BY REGIONAL COMMITTEES

   Union Minister of Rural Development, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu has directed Council for Advancement of People’s Action and Rural Technology (CAPART) to spend Rs.5 crore from its funds to carry out immediate relief and rehabilitation in the rural areas of Gujarat which suffered devastation in the recent earthquake. Inaugurating the Executive Committee meeting of the Council here yesterday, Shri Naidu said that out of this amount Rs.10 lakhs will be spent for providing logistic support like transportation, carriage, facilitating the delivery of services and materials, etc. to the voluntary organization to mount relief operations immediately. All the other eight Regional Committees of CAPART have been directed to get in touch with the Nodal Agency of CAPART at Ahmedabad and coordinate with it the delivery of relief materials to the victims in the affected areas.

    The regional committee of CAPART, Ahmedabad headed by Shri Anna Hazare will function as the Nodal Agency for coordinating all relief and rehabilitation activities. A newly formed sub-Committee has been authorized to take on the spot decisions and approve relief projects of an urgent nature after simultaneous appraisal. This Committee is authorized to prepare a package of materials/services to be immediately provided to the victims and take up location specific schemes for water harvesting, fodder cultivation etc. with the objective of restoration of livelihood of the affected people.

    The Council will help voluntary organizations to adopt a few villages in the remote areas of Gujarat with the aim of achieving quick and tangible result. Shri Hazare has offered his service in the interior areas of the State for relief and rehabilitation measures.

    The one-day meeting of the Executive Committee of CAPART inaugurated by the Rural Development Minister, Shri Venkaiah Naidu was attended by Minister of State, Shri Subhash Maharia and senior officials of the Ministry.

 

Gujarat Earthquake

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WORKSHED CUM HOUSING SCHEME TO BENEFIT 50,000 EARTHQUAKE AFFECTED PERSONS IN GUJARAT

    The workshed cum housing scheme supported by the office of Development Commissioner for Handicrafts is expected to benefit 50,000 earthquake-affected persons in Gujarat. Announcing that the existing schemes for the benefit of Handlooms and Handicrafts workers would be synergised for maximization of benefits in the Earthquake affected areas, Shri Kashiram Rana , Minister of Textiles has stated that Work-shed cum Housing units in 25 worst affected villages are proposed to be constructed for the benefit of workers to sustain their livelihood with the support of DC (Handicrafts).

    Besides imparting training for starting the unit during the initial period, the tool kits will also be provided so that economic activities could be started and sustained. About 5000 work- sheds are also proposed to be made available for Handicraft workers in the worst affected areas of Surender Nagar and Kutch. DC (Handicrafts) and DC (Handlooms) would jointly help in the reconstruction efforts. The Office of the Development commissioner for Handicrafts is also working on a Work-shed cum Housing scheme for Ten talukas in Bhuj District having maximum concentration of Handicrafts workers. Out of this 4000 units are proposed to be constructed in rural areas while 1000 units in urban areas. An amount of Rs 5 Crore is proposed to be spent on this scheme.

    Moreover the Office of the Development Commissioner for Handicrafts has contributed Rs. 50 lakhs as share capital assistance to Gujarat State Handicraft Development Board to assist the artisans.

 

Gujarat Earthquake

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SHRI RAM VILAS PASWAN CONTRIBUTES ONE MONTH’S SALARY AND RS. 10 LAKHS FOR THE RELIEF WORK IN GUJARAT

   The Minister of Communications, Shri Ram Vilas Paswan has contributed one month’s salary towards the relief and rehabilitation work in Gujarat.. In addition, Shri Paswan has also donated Rs. 10 lakhs from his quota of MP’s Local Area Development Scheme(MPLADS).

 

 

Gujarat Earthquake

'24'

STD SERVICE FROM BHUJ AND IN ALL TALUKAS WORKING SATISFACTORILY

72 TELEPHONE EXCHANGES RESTORED WITH PCO FACILITIES FREE OF COST

MAIN TRUNK AUTOMATIC EXCHANGE AT BHUJ MADE FUNCTIONAL

   The restoration and rectification of the telecommunication network being carried out on a war footing has further increased the telecom traffic in the earthquake hit areas of Gujarat. The position of telecom network system in Kutch district has improved with restoration of 72 telephone exchanges out of a total of 147 damaged . 28 more telephone exchanges are expected to be functional by this evening. A number of PCO facilities free of cost have been opened from these exchanges for the use of the public. The Subscriber Trunk Dialling (STD) service is working satisfactorily in all Talukas of the District of Kutch. STD from Bhuj is also now satisfactory. The main trunk automatic exchange at Bhuj has also been made functional.

    43 hotlines have been opened connecting important places for immediate communication between the district and state administration for relief and rehabilitation work. 25 Special Task Force teams have been specifically deployed which are working round the clock and are fanning out towards rural areas to restore communication facility. VSAT terminals have also been commissioned for instant communication from the most affected Taluka headquarters.

 

 

Gujarat Earthquake

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WCD ANNOUNCES REHABILITATION MEASURES FOR QUAKE-HIT GUJARAT

    The Department of Women and Child Development (WCD), Ministry of Human Resource Development has announced wide ranging measures for rehabilitation of the quake-hit victims of Gujarat. The Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) is to be universalised in Gujarat by the opening up of 24 additional projects. In the worst affected blocks, 8 in Bhuj, 2 in Sundarnagar, Rajkot, Ahmedabad and 1 in Jamnagar, ready to eat food will be supplied through CARE and the World Food Programme agencies, for the next three months extendable to another three months if required. CARE has also been requested to open offices in Ahmedabad and Bhuj for coordination and they have already initiated the measures. The quantity of ration being supplied has been doubled. Rs. 2000 per Anganwadi has been sanctioned for the purchase of utensils.

    Ten working women hostels, 50 short stay homes and 200 more creches are also to be set up in Gujarat. Rs. 50 lakh has been earmarked under The Scheme for Setting up of Employment and Income Generating Training-cum-Production Units for Women (NORAD) and Rs. 20 lakh has been earmarked for sanction under general grants-in-aid.

    These steps were announced by the Minister of State for HRD Smt. Sumitra Mahajan after being briefed by a team of the Department of WCD which had toured the quake-hit areas. She will also be touring Gujarat on the 6th and 7th of this month to assess the impact of these schemes. Besides, a nodal officer of the rank of Joint Secretary has been designated to monitor these relief measures on a day-to-day basis.

 

 

Gujarat Earthquake

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SALE PROCEEDS FROM FILM FESTIVAL BROCHURES TO BE CONTRIBUTED TO QUAKE RELIEF

    Films Division, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, which is organizing the first ever Delhi International Film Festival for Documentary, Short & Animation Films (DIFF 2001) from February 3-9, 2001 at Siri Fort Auditorium II, have expressed deep concern and anguish for the immense human tragedy in Gujarat.

    In order to extend a helping hand to the earthquake victims the organizers have declared that the entire proceeds from the sale of the Main Brochure DIFF 2001 will go to the earthquake relief fund. The authorities appeal to all film lovers to make a fruitful contribution for a noble cause. The Main Brochure is prices at Rs. 50/- per copy.

 

 

Gujarat Earthquake

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RELIEF WORK BY OIL PSUs IN THE WAKE OF GUJARAT EARTHQUAKE

    Shri Ram Naik, Minister for Petroleum & Natural Gas informed here today that Oil PSUs have initiated a number of relief measures for providing succour to earthquake victims in Gujarat. He said, a sum of Rs. 40 crore is being contributed by the Oil PSUs towards the Prime Minister's Relief Fund for the benefit of the affected areas in Gujarat. All Oil PSUs have appealed to their employees/dealers/distributors for providing generous contribution towards relief fund. Five villages are being adopted by five Navratna Oil PSUs, namely ONGC, IOCL, GAIL, BPCL and HPCL.

    Supplies of 20.45 lakh litres of Diesel and 8.62 lakh litres of Kerosene have been made available to the affected areas from 27th January to 1st February, 2001. An additional quota of 450 lakh litres of Kerosene has been approved for distribution in the earthquake-affected areas. This additional allocation is over and above the normal monthly allocation of Kerosene to Gujarat. Direct supplies of Kerosene started in the affected areas from 28th January. Of 60 retail outlets in Kutch, 56 are operating now. Further, all the 13 LPG distributors in Kutch are operating. Sufficient number of loaded-trucks are kept ready at Kandla for despatch.

    Oil Industry's three units of Territorial Army have been deployed for relief and restoration work. Further, 271 volunteers/medical assistants have been mobilised.

    Following emergency equipments and utility items have been provided by Oil PSUs to assist the Civil Administration in the relief operations.

EMERGENCY EQUIPMENTS

25 DG sets total 2000 KVAs

15 Cranes

1 Fire Tender

13 Trailer Trucks

33 Cars/Jeeps

39 Gas Cutters

22 other vehicles

57 Oxygen cylinders

2 Excavators

39 Acetylene cylinders

UTILITY ITEMS

3673 Petromax/Lanterns

2300 Socks

13 Water Tankers

2000 Plastic Containers

10000 Utensils

200 Drums

3538 Blankets

13 Durry

11500 Liters Mineral Water

209 Polythene Sheets

1300 Bed sheets

550 Helmets

38 Tents

1090 metre cloth

740 Safety Shoes

65 Tonne food items

97 Woollen jersey

11 Truckloads of cloths/ medicines/ grocery containers

 

 

Gujarat Earthquake

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LATEST POSITION OF POWER REPAIRS IN GUJARAT

    Of the 40 66 KV sub-stations damaged in Gujarat following the massive earthquake in the state on January 26th, 28 have been temporarily restored. Similarly of the three 132 KV Stations damaged 2 have been temporarily restored, and one of the two 220 KV Stations has been temporarily restored.

    Electricity supply has been restored in 478 out of the 925 villages damaged in the earthquake, and it is expected that over the next three to four days the remaining villages would be given power supply.

    The repair and restoration work is being jointly carried out by the engineers of the Gujarat Electricity Board (GEB) and the Central Sector PSUs under the Ministry of Power. This follows the time-bound action plan drawn up following the meeting between the Minister of Power Shri Suresh Prabhu and the Gujarat Minister for Energy Shri Kaushikbhai Patel in Ahmedabad earlier this week. Shri Prabhu had been camping in the state to supervise restoration work in the power sector.

 

Gujarat Earthquake

‘3’

PRIME MINISTER RECEIVES TELEPHONE CALL FROM GENERAL MUSHARRAF

    General Pervez Musharraf, Chief Executive of Pakistan called Prime Minister, Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee today to convey his sympathy at the great loss of life caused by the earthquake in Gujarat. Prime Minister thanked the Chief Executive for Pakistan’s assistance. This gesture was greatly appreciated by the people of India.

Prime Minister assured the Chief Executive of India’s continuing desire to build a good neighbourly relationship with Pakistan.