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Uri: Quake victims protest against slow rehabilitation
October 08, 2006 16:19 IST
Victims of the massive earthquake that hit Jammu and Kashmir exactly a year ago staged a protest on Sunday against the slow pace of the rehabilitation of those affected by the disaster that devastated dozens of frontier villages.
Former chief minister and National Conference patron Farooq Abdullah and several party leaders joined the people in paying tribute to those who died in the quake and staging a protest against the government's alleged failure to rebuild the township of Uri.
Moulvi Mustafa, a local cleric, led the prayers and sought god's blessings for rebuilding damaged houses and infrastructure.
The people gave vent to their frustration soon after the prayers, shouting slogans against the government and alleging that funds provided by the Centre were misappropriated as many of victims were yet to receive the first installment of the relief package.
Over 300 families had not received the first installment of relief for rebuilding their homes, the people claimed.
Abdullah said the aid provided by the Centre was enough for accelerating developmental activities but lack of proper planning by the state government had affected the rehabilitation process.
Bringing forth a woman who he said had lost her husband and home in the 7.6-magnitude temblor, Abdullah said she was yet to receive the compensation announced by the government.
"Where has the compensation gone?" he asked.