SC seeks Centre's report

SC seeks Centre's report

 The Supreme Court on Friday said “a calamity and disaster” as huge as the one witnessed in Jammu and Kashmir floods “deserves national response” and asked the Centre to apprise it on Monday on the urgent steps undertaken to accelerate rescue, relief and rehabilitation operations.

The apex court, which noted that “massive floods in Kashmir Valley have created horror” affecting more than 400 villages and stranding five lakh people, also asked the Centre to consider forming a Unified Agency for proper co-ordination of work. It appreciated the effort of the Centre and armed forces but declined the suggestion of Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi that it was not appropriate at this juncture for the judiciary to intervene and entertain petitions.

“Don’t treat this as an adversarial litigation. In the past also this court has intervened when disaster of high magnitude struck Uttarakhand and other states,” a bench headed by Chief Justice R M Lodha said, while dealing with petitions seeking direction to the Centre to declare the present situation in the Valley as a natural calamity and national disaster.

The court said efforts should be made by the Centre and the state governments to make functional constitutional offices like the high court and offices of administration from some accommodations in Srinagar.

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