DR. NAJMA HEPTULLA APPEALS TO PARLIAMENTARIAN TO CONTRIBUTE FOR RELIEF WORK IN GUJARAT
The Deputy Chairman of the Rajya Sabha, Dr. Najma Heptulla expressing shock at the devastation caused by the earthquake in Gujarat has appealed to one and all to donate generously for the relief work in the State. She said that in her personal capacity would contribute a days salary for the relief work as a mark of solidarity with the affected people. She has also appealed to all Parliamentarians to donate a days salary and contribute as well from their assigned MP Local Area Development Fund for the rehabilitation work.
HEALTH MINISTRY MOUNTS EMERGENCY RELIEF MEASURES
The Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare, Dr. C.P. Thakur has said that relief measures for the victims of earthquake in Bhuj and neighbouring areas of Gujarat have started on war-footing and 60 doctors from the major Central Govt. hospitals in Delhi have been sent to Bhuj and Ahmedabad to assist the State Government. The Indian Red Cross Society has been asked to arrange for required blood, blankets, tents etc. 80 cartels of medicines have already been despatched and 40 more cartels are on the way, he said.
The Indian Red Cross has already sent 15000 blankets and is arranging to send 35000 more blankets to Bhuj. Also 100 big tents are likely to be airlifted from Calcutta to Bhuj by a special plane soon. The Indian Red Cross in its bid to mobilize enough units of blood has opened special counters at its head office in the capital and this will remain open between 3 to 7 P.M. , the Minister said.
Dr. Thakur reviewed the situation this morning and ordered the officials to be in touch with the neighbouring State Governments and also the subsidiary units of Ministry of Health & Family Welfare so that emergency needs of the earthquake affected victims can be met on priority. He also said that the health care delivery administration has been put on high alert so that the requirements are met immediately. A round the clock cell has also been made operational for this.
So far medicines worth Rs. 12.15 lakh have been sent and the next lot worth Rs. 3.5 lakh is also on its way to the affected areas.
EXCISE AND CUSTOMS DUTY RELIEF FOR GOODS MEANT FOR QUAKE-HIT GUJARAT
The Central Government have provided full exemption from excise duty to goods donated or purchased out of cash donations, for the relief and rehabilitation of persons affected by the earthquake that struck the State of Gujarat on 26th January, 2001. A similar exemption has been provided from customs duty to imported goods intended for donation for the same purpose. Notification Nos. 2/2001-Central Excise and 7/2001-Customs, both dated 27.01.2001 containing the procedure required for availing of these exemptions have been issued in this regard. The notifications take immediate effect.
HOME MINISTRY RUSHES RELIEF TO QUAKE-HIT AREAS OF GUJARAT
The Centre has rushed 23 companies of Para-Military Forces to Gujarat to assist in the rescue and relief operations. These include 5 companies of RAF, 10 companies of CISF, 6 companies of SSB and 1 company each from BSF and CRPF. Doctors from Para-Military forces have also gone to the quake affected areas with life saving and other essential medicines.
The relief materials including tents, food, 4000 blankets have been transported by air to the affected areas. A communication restoration team has also been sent to Kandla by the CISF for setting up wireless communication.
OIL PSUs TO CONTRIBUTE Rs. 40 CRORE FOR GUJARAT EARTHQUAKE RELIEF WORKShri Ram Naik, Minister for Petroleum & Natural Gas today reviewed the efforts being made by the Public Sector Oil Companies towards providing relief to the earthquake affected areas of Gujarat. He exhorted oil companies to put in their best to ensure adequate supplies of petroleum products to the affected areas.
Shri Naik also said that a sum of Rs. 40 crore will be contributed by the Public Sector Oil Companies towards the Prime Minister's Relief Fund for the benefit of the affected areas in Gujarat. Further, he also appealed to employees of the oil companies to contribute to the PM's Relief Fund with all their mite.
Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas has also approved an additional quota of 45,000 KLs (4.5 crore litres) of Kerosene for distribution in the earthquake affected area.