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JK floods: PMO gets Rs 10 lakh relief cheque from REPCO Bank

PTI 24 Nov 2014, 7:24:21 AM IST

New Delhi: Union minister Jitendra Singh today received a cheque of Rs 10 lakh for flood relief in Jammu and Kashmir from Repatriates Cooperative Finance & Development Bank Ltd.

REPCO Bank is promoted by Ministry of Home Affairs in association with the governments of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Kerala and Andhra Pradesh.

The main objective of the bank is rehabilitation of repatriates mainly from Sri Lanka and Burma.  It has now also begun undertaking diverse activities to offer services other than repatriates.

“The amount of Rs 10 lakh donated by the Bank is a part of the Corporate Social Reforms (CSR) activities,” an official press release issued today said.

Appreciating the gesture, Jitendra Singh said, it should be a matter of great satisfaction for the flood-hit people of JK and at the same time, an inspiration for philanthropists and social-minded agencies across the country to donate generously for rebuilding and reconstruction of the damages caused by the floods.

Singh, Minister of State for Prime Minister's Office, said that with the support of the central government, Army and paramilitary forces, the flood rescue and relief operations were carried out without any waste of time, which helped in minimising the losses.

“However, while the rehabilitation work continues, experts in disaster management and social scientists will also be expected to evaluate and provide inputs for prevention of such catastrophe in future,” he said.