Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami on Wednesday reached 'sinking' Joshimath and spent the entire night in the town in the wake of the land subsidence in the area. The CM also held various meetings with officials and interacted with people as he conducted an inspection of the affected area.
Speaking to Republic, Pushkar Sigh Dhami on Wednesday said, "Our priority is to save people from this calamity, provide them help and assistance." When asked about compensation to the Joshimath victims, CM Dhami said, "We will give appropriate monetary aid (compensation). A committee has been formed under the District official. It will hold a discussion with everyone and will decide the best. We have set criteria for compensation, and we give the best compensation accordingly. The whole government is with the people of Joshimath."
Pushkar Dhami said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is personally keeping an eye on the Joshimath issue, adding that teams of NRDF, SDRF, Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology, IIT Roorkee and ISRO are also working on the matter. He also said that an impression is being created that the whole of Uttarakhand is in danger which is not correct.
On Wednesday, the Dhami government announced interim assistance of Rs 1.5 lakh to the affected families of Joshimath. "We stand with the people of Joshimath. The prime minister is personally monitoring the situation. I have his full support. Their (affected people's) interests will be taken care of," CM Dhami told reporters on his arrival in Joshimath.
"We'll try to make better arrangements here after assessing damages. Now, we'll provide financial aid of Rs 1.5 lakhs to people here for temporary relief...Central and state governments will stand by the people of Joshimath... In the long run, we will try to compensate people on the basis of the provisions we have after a complete assessment of the extent of the damages caused in Joshimath," Uttarakhand CM said.
Notably, around 723 buildings have been spotted with developed cracks due to landslides in the Joshimath city area. To date, about 462 people from 131 families have been safely sent to temporary relief camps, as reported. In addition to this, various interim relief measures have also been taken for the affected families by the Uttarakhand government owing to the land subsidence in the region of Joshimath.