Cyclone Tauktae: Cabinet clears financial aid for affected people
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The Maharashtra Cabinet, chaired by Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, on Thursday, approved a financial package higher than the National Disaster Response Fund (NDRF) norms for the people affected by cyclone Tautkae. The Free Press Journal had reported two days ago that Thackeray, who had visited the cyclone-hit Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg districts, had announced that the government will provide aid on the lines of cyclone Nisarga.

The government will provide Rs 5,000 per family for clothes, Rs 5,000 per family for utensils and other house materials and Rs 1,50,000 per house for damage. The government will pay Rs 15,000 for the damage caused to pucca and raw houses, Rs 15,000 for partially damaged homes, Rs 15,000 for raw houses and Rs 15,000 for huts.

The government will pay Rs 50,000 per hectare for the loss of perennial crops, Rs 250 per coconut tree and Rs 50 per supari (arecanut) tree.

Shopkeepers and small shop owners, who are residents with their name on the voters list and who are ration card holders, will be given up to 75% of the actual loss or up to a maximum of Rs 10,000 on the basis of the punchnama (assessment).

As far as the fishing community is concerned, the government will pay Rs 10,000 for the partial repair of boats, Rs 25,000 for completely destroyed boats, Rs 5,000 for the repair of partially damaged fishing nets and Rs 5,000 for completely destroyed nets.

Those who were benefited by the grant or assistance earlier in case of disaster won’t be entitled for the financial aid cleared today by the cabinet.

Further, the government will pay Rs 5,000 for the poultry shed damaged during the cyclone. The government will pay Rs 4 lakh to the family members of the deceased from the State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF) and Rs 1 lakh from the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund.

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