Kerala govt offers `10K ‘immediate aid’ for every flood-affected family

Mumbai : Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan announced immediate assistance of Rs 10,000 for every family affected by floods. This will be transferred through bank accounts. Currently, there are 3,91,494 families from 14 districts residing in relief camps, each of whom will get this amount.

The CM tweeted the total amount coming from the Chief Minister’s Distress Relief Fund (CMDRF) would be Rs 242.73 crore. The remaining Rs 148.76 crore would be contributed by the State Disaster Management Authority (SDMA).  In all, the state government will give Rs 391.49 crore to 3, 91,494 families, as immediate assistance. According to the Hindu Business Line, by August 22, the CMDRF had received around Rs 500 crore.

As per the twitter handle of the Kerala Chief Minister’s office (CMO), “Kerala Government announced Rs 10,000 for the flood victims as relief, CMDRF will contribute Rs 6,200 to this sum and SDMA will share the remaining Rs 3,800.”

To receive a relief amount of Rs 10,000, the flood victims should forward their account information to revenue officials. It was further stated that revenue and local self-government (LSG)  departments’ officials will conduct on-site inspections and the report prepared on this basis will be used to evaluate the eligible compensation. It was also stated through a tweet that separate applications are not required for the compensations for losses incurred in the flood, including compensation for damages to houses.

“Only those who have lost their documents have to submit applications online.”

Vijayan has also stated that there will be adalats be set up from the first week of September to facilitate recovery of documents. “The government has instructed all departments to share their database with IT department.” CMO tweeted, “Efforts to retrieve certificates and lost documents of the flood-affected from databases of various departments in the state are underway. IT department is in the process of developing a software for this purpose.”

This announcement of immediate relief is comes at a time when the Centre and state are at loggerheads over UAE aid. In the midst of this row the Centre had clarified Rs 600 crore was being disbursed to the flood-hit state ‘advance assistance’ and more funds would be released after another assessment.

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