LEH: The Chairman/Chief Executive Councillor, LAHDC, Leh Gyal P. Wangyal and Commissioner Secretary UT Ladakh Rigzin Samphel (IAS) in a joint press conference held at Council Secretariat Leh today briefed media persons regarding evacuation of stranded Ladakhi people from various cities of India and clarified confusions regarding evacuation process.
CEC Wangyal said that after assurance given by LG Ladakh R.K. Mathur yesterday regarding sanctioning of funds for LAHDC, Leh, Finance dept. Ladakh sanctioned Rs. 1 crore each to Leh and Kargil Hill Councils as first installment for evacuation of stranded Ladakhi people and if needed additional funds will be released by UT Administration. CEC Wangyal said that UT Administration has also assured to take up the demand of airlifting patients and elderly people in army flights with Ministries of Defence and Home Affairs for which listing of such patients and elderly people who could not commute by road are under process.
Commissioner Secretary UT Ladakh Rigzin Samphel said that with the sanctioning of Rs 1 crore each to both the districts, all confusion regarding finance related problem has been now resolved and all expenditure cost incurred on transportation, lodging, boarding and food will be borne by UT Administration Ladakh while evacuating stranded people. Samphel said that evacuation of patients and elderly people of Ladakh via flights is on top priority and said that he is hopeful to evacuate patients in Indian Air Force flights in coming days and for execution of evacuation plans both Hill Council Leh and Kargil will coordinate with UT Administration as maximum number of stranded people are in touch with Hill Councils.
Samphel said that Jammu will gradually become hub for stranded people of Ladakh during evacuation and for accommodation of inbound passengers from other states, Ladakh House, Kargil House and Muthi Hostel are now open for stranded passengers at Jammu.
To ensure safe journey and to avoid rush at Jammu and other facilities en route, Samphel urged stranded passengers to leave their stations only in coordination with concerned Nodal Officers or with UT Administration/ Hill Councils.
Regarding evacuation of stranded people and students from south India, Samphel said that UT Administration Ladakh is in touch with Indian Railways and trying to accommodate Ladakhi passengers in dedicated trains meant for other states.
Regarding quarantine of inbound passengers, Samphel said that passengers coming from non-red zones will be home quarantined and for passengers coming from red zones, a policy is under process.