Govt announces Rs 10,000 for flood victims; Rs 4 lakh for family of deceased
Thiruvananthapuram: The cabinet meeting on Wednesday decided to provide Rs 4 lakh as compensation to the family of those who were killed in the landslide and rain havoc in the state.
Announcing the financial assistance, the chief minister said as per the state disaster response fund (SDRF) criteria, Rs 10,000 would be given as immediate assistance to the calamity-hit families.
Those who have lost their homes and land would be given Rs 10 lakh, while those whose houses had been destroyed or damaged would get Rs 4 lakh.
The cabinet meeting decided to provide assistance similar to the flood relief announced in the previous year. But this time, the fund of Rs 10,000 will be disbursed only after detailed inspection.
The list of those who require emergency help will be prepared and published under the leadership of panchayat secretary and village officers. People will be given an opportunity to add the names of deserving and to remove the undeserving ones. Due to the lapses caused last year, the government is trying to provide help flawlessly.
The compensation for those whose house were partially destroyed will be determined as per the degree of damage. The government is planning to disburse the assistance within two weeks.
Also, it has been decided to distribute 15 kg rice to the flood affected families and fisherfolk. Those who get free ration are not eligible for this assistance.
The banks will be asked to remove the minimum balance requirement in the accounts in which relief fund is credited. Also, they will be requested to remove the exchange charge for the contribution and transaction to the Chief Minister’s Distress Relief Fund (CMDRF).
The affected villages will be declared flood-hit areas. The disaster management authority will determine this, and the notification in this regard will be issued soon. A cabinet sub-committee will be appointed to determine the compensation for business establishments.