Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur on Thursday visited Kashaini village in Rohru Sub Division of Shimla district and met the affected families whose houses were destroyed in a devastating fire on Tuesday night.

He said Rs 2.50 lakh would be provided to each family for construction of houses besides releasing adequate funds for construction of road to Kashaini village.

The victims would be provided timber through TD (Timber Distribution) and if required, efforts would be made by the Forest Corporation to provide more timber on subsidised rates.

He directed the Irrigation and Public Health department to take effective steps at the earliest for augmentation of the drinking water supply scheme to the village.

The CM said the district administration had provided Rs 10,000 each to the victims as immediate relief besides making provision for a  community kitchen. The government would also make efforts to stop recovery of loans for a time period of one year from the victims, he added.

He said the state government would provide financial assistance for the marriage of a girl of the victim’s family whose marriage was scheduled in the next few days.

Thakur said that government would identify suitable places for construction of houses at Kashaini, however, if fire affected families were willing to reconstruct their houses at the same place, then the government would make provision for road up to the village.

He urged the social organisations to come forward for the help of these families.

MLA from Jubbal-Nawar-Kotkhai Narender Bragta; Shimla MayorKusum Sadrret,  State Cooperative Bank chairman Khushi Ram Balnatah, Officer on Special Duty (OSD) to the CM Shishu Dharma were also present on the occasion.