SC notice to UOI & J&K on JKNPP I.A. for distribution relief to flood victims through NDMA

Division Bench of the Supreme Court of India comprising of Chief Justice of India, Mr. H.L. Dattu and Mr. Justice A.K. Sikri today expressed concerned on the affairs of governance in J&K particularly in the matter of distributing relief to the flood victims. The Supreme Court was hearing writ petition of J&K National Panthers Party along with two other petitioners today.

 

Prof.Bhim Singh, Sr. Advocate appearing for JKNPP expressed doubt if relief to the flood victims without discrimination. He submitted before the court that many flood victims met him during his recent visit to Srinagar accusing J&K government for picking political persons belonging to NC and the Congress for the distribution of relief. He said that the real sufferers and flood victims are being ignored and discriminated with. He also submitted that the dead bodies of several persons have not been dug out from the debris in Sadal village of Udhampur District and Laam village in Nowshera falling along LoC in spite of the assurance given by the State counsel to the court.

Prof.Bhim Singh said that the Chief Minister who is the Chairman of a non-existent State Disaster Management Authority has been given all money and material by the Prime Minister which is being misused for election campaign of the BJP and NC which have entered a latest alliance for the Assembly election.

Prof.Bhim Singh also made a strong plea that funds should flow from the National Disaster Management Authority which was created by an Act of Parliament in 2005 to State Disaster Management Authority so that relief and rehabilitation process is not used for raising vote bank of ruling political parties. He submitted that JKNPP has filed I.A. in the Supreme Court seeking urgent direction to the Govt. of India to hand over the entire relief and rehabilitation programme to the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) so that relief material is sent straight to the State Disaster Management Authority without the involvement of any ruling political party or the Chief Minister. The JKNPP had further argued in its application that the State Disaster Management Authority should be headed by the Governor of J&K which is possible only by the intervention of the Supreme Court. Presently Chief Minister is the Chairman of State Disaster Management Authority who is himself contesting election with his party. He charged that the Chief Minister has been using relief fund for the election campaign of his party just to use relief fund as the relief for vote. Prof.Bhim Singh said that free and fair election are not possible as long as Chief Minister remains monitor of relief and rehabilitation programme.

The Supreme Court also directed the State of J&K to ensure delivery of relief without any discrimination and delay. SC issued this direction when the court was informed about the local newspapers report on the failure of the government to provide relief to the flood victims.

The Supreme Court also issued notice to the Union of India and the State of J&K on I.A of JKNPP and fixed next date of hearing on 17.11.2014.

            Those who assisted Prof.Bhim Singh include Mr. D.K. Garg, Mr. S.K. Bandopadhyay and others.