STATE TIMES NEWS JAMMU: National Conference State Secretary, Rattan Lal Gupta on Monday expressed concern over heavy damage caused due to recent snowfall and heavy rains in J&K. He further demanded initiating necessary measures for restoring power supply and other essential services in the valley at the earliest. In a statement, the NC State Secretary referred to damages caused to fruit cultivation, as also to other crops in the Valley in wake of snowfall and sought immediate relief for sufferers. He sought preliminary survey of damages by revenue authorities and said that till the time the report is submitted, interim compensation should be provided to all those who have suffered damages. The State Secretary also expressed grief over loss of life following snowfall and conveyed condolences to bereaved families. He sought ex-gratia in favour of the next of kin of deceased. He further urged the government to expedite restoration of power supply and road connectivity by undertaking snow clearance measures across the Valley on war footing. Describing detention of party leaders as unprecedented and undemocratic, Gupta said that it is against democratic ethos of the country. “In the interest of peace and early return of normalcy in the Valley, it is imperative to release all leaders and others detained after August 5,” he demanded.
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