In a written reply to the question of PDP member Abid Hussain Ansari in the Assembly, Minister for Relief and Rehabilitation Basharat Bukhari said the relief package of Rs 43,959.56 crore also includes Rs 4,500 crore for the affected business establishment.

As and when the funds are provided by the Government of India for the special package or announced by the Prime Minister and Chief minister out of the Prime Minister's Relief Fund and Chief Minister's Relief fund for such business establishment, the payment shall be made to the owners of said establishments, he said in the reply.

Replying to a question by PDP's Syed Farooq Ahmed Andrabi, Minister for Horticulture Abdul Rehman Veeri had on Monday said the government had submitted a proposal to the Centre for sanctioning Rs 2,806 crore as ex-gratia relief in favour of farmers and orchardists.

He had said the loss assessment of last year's floods had been completed and about 6.48 lakh hectare of crop and fruit area was affected by rains and floods, causing loss to the tune of Rs 5,611.65 crore.

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