Dehradun: Uttarakhand Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna on Wednesday took stock of the flood-ravaged Uttarkashi district and doubled the compensation to Rs 5,400 from Rs 2,700 for those victims whose houses have collapsed.

Bahuguna visited worst-hit Matali and Gangori areas.

A total of 28 people were killed and hundreds of others rendered homeless due to the flood and cloud-bursts.

After visiting various relief camps, Bahuguna doubled the compensation amount to Rs 5,400 from Rs 2,700 for those victims whose houses have collapsed.

Bahuguna, who had sought a relief package of Rs 600 crore from the Centre yesterday, said the union government has provided an immediate relief of Rs 150 crore.

In addition to the central fund, the state government would contribute Rs 20 crore to the relief work, he said.

A central team would shortly visit the affected areas to assess the actual loss of life and property, he said.

Meanwhile, the state BJP accused the Uttarakhand government of being insensitive towards the victims and demanded higher compensation amount.

"Most of the ministers of Bahuguna cabinet are on foreign tours at a time when the state is facing one of the worst natural disasters...Even the chief minister made only an aerial survey and did not visit all the floods-affected areas," BJP MLA and leader of the opposition in state assembly Ajay Bhatt told reporters here.

"When Rome was burning, Nero was fiddling. This is exactly the same situation in Uttarakhand today," he said.

The compensation should be increased to Rs 10,000, he said.

Bhatt said, "State ministers Pritam Singh (food), Indira Hridayesh (finance) and S S Negi (health) have gone to London to witness Olympics...Bahuguna must explain why they were sent to London when no player from Uttarakhand is participating in the event."

He alleged Uttarkashi MLA Vijay Singh Sajwan (Congress) is "enjoying the air ride" in the same helicopter which has been sent by the Centre for distributing relief materials to the flood-affected people.

Bhatt said all BJP MLAs would contribute their one month salary towards the chief minister's relief fund.


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