Himachal Pradesh has been struck by deadly natural disasters this year. Many people lost their lives due to floods and landslides and property worth thousands of crores was damaged. The lives of the people of Himachal Pradesh are coming back on track slowly and gradually. This havoc has affected the lives of a lot of residents in the state.
The Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh, Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu has come forward to help the needy which is appreciation worthy.
CM Sukhu has donated all his savings to the Aapda Rahat Kosh 2023. As per the reports by the media platforms, “Aapda Rahat Kosh” has been created for flood relief in Himachal Pradesh.
In usual scenarios, the chief Ministers appeal to the central government for the funds but CM Sukhu has set a major example.
CM Sukhu donated Rs 51 lakh to the relief fund. He presented the cheque to the Chief Secretary Prabodh Saxena along with his wife Kamlesh Thakur at their official residence ‘Oak Over’ in Shimla.
CM Sukhu said that in such a situation they can also donate their savings as the small children are donating money from piggy banks to the relief fund. He donated almost all the money deposited in his bank account to the relief fund. Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister also appealed to others to donate to help the state.
This is not the first time that CM Sukhu has donated to the disaster relief fund. When the entire world including Himachal was fighting Covid, he donated his entire salary. So far, an amount of more than Rs 170 crore has been deposited in the Aapda Rahat Kosh.
In 2023, floods wreaked havoc in many states of North India after continuous rains. Even the country’s capital, Delhi was also affected as the rain damaged several areas there. Himachal Pradesh was the worst hit this year as there was a loss of property worth ₹8000 crores. Standing crops in the fields were washed away, countless buildings were damaged and many innocent lives were destroyed.
Himachal Pradesh received an average rainfall of 249.6 mm between July 1 and July 12, which is about 70 percent more than the normal average of 76.6 mm.