Relief for left-out flood victims

Srinagar: The state government has constituted district level committees to address the grievance of 2014 flood victims who have not been provided compensation so far. Headed by concerned Deputy Commissioners, the committees have been asked to deal with the grievances in a time bound manner, principal secretary Relief and RehabilitationDepartment, Sandeep Kumar Nayak, said in an order issued in compliance to the directions by the high court.
“The Committee shall also submit report to the Relief and Rehabilitation Department regarding the disposal of the complaints on a monthly basis,” Nayak said.   Concerned Assistant Commissioner, Revenue will be the member of the panel while the concerned Tehsildar will be its member secretary.
On December 14 last year, the high court had directed the government to devise a mechanism to redress the grievance of left-out victims within ten days. The committee however has been formed on January 12 this year and announced it in a compliance report filed before the high court on Wednesday.
The court had also directed the government to take a decision on the complaint(s) within 15 days from the date received.
“The Government also felt it necessary and expedient to constitute a committee at the district level who may receive the complaints from the people affected by the floods of September 2014 and look into such complaints and recommend the remedial measures within a period of 15 days from the date, such complaints are received by the Committee,” Nayak said, adding the Committee shall be responsible for looking into complaints and take remedial measures in a time bound manner.
The high court has passed the direction after it was informed that many people whose properties suffered damage in the floods have not been compensated by the government so far.
During the Governor’s rule which preceded the formation of PDP-BJP government, Relief and Rehabilitation Department had informed the high court that 230715 houses suffered damage in the deluge and of them 11451 (pucca) and 10903 (kucca) were fully damaged. The PDP-BJP government however revised the figures later, claiming that only 67661 houses were damaged.
Subsequently, it announced to provide Rs 3 lakh each as compensation for fully damaged pucca house, Rs 1.50 lakh for fully damaged kucha house, Rs 1 lakh for severely damaged pucca house and Rs 50000 for severely damaged kucha house.
Following the floods, then NC-congress Government submitted a proposal to the New Delhi, seeking a special financial package of Rs 44,000 crore for the rehabilitation of the affected people.
The demand included payment of ex-gratia relief of Rs 9 lakh for fully damaged pucca house, Rs 6 lakh for fully damaged kucha house, Rs 4 lakh for partially damaged kucha/pucca house including boundary walls and Rs 1 lakh for other structures, like a cow shed.
Then government had also demanded Rs 1687.50 crore to provide interest subsidy (at a 6.25% rate) on housing loans and Rs 10000 to 50000 for providing ex-gratia relief against household items damaged in the flood.

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