Extra cash relief for kin of those killed in rain tragedy

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Jaipur
  • Updated: Mar 17, 2015 11:37 IST

Chief minister Vasundhara Raje on Monday said an additional compensation of Rs. 1.5 lakh will be provided to kin of those killed in rain-related mishaps in the state.

Raje announced the package after about three hours of debate by MLAs cutting across party lines on crop damage and loss of lives in rain-related mishaps.

She said that the government would not step back to help them in anyway. “Our government in 2008 had announced a special relief package for hailstorm which the previous government appreciated also continued. So far the assistance money under the package was Rs. 1.5 lakh, which now will be increased to Rs. 3 lakhs.”

As per the calamity norms, the kin of those killed in rainrelated mishaps were given a compensation of Rs. 1.5 lakh.

In addition to this, the state gover nment would provide Rs. 1.5lakh, Raje assured the House.

Now, the next of kin of the deceased would receive a cash compensation of Rs. 3 lakh, she said.

Besides, the state government would pay Rs. 1 lakh to farmers who lost maximum four goats and sheep, she said, adding, for loss of milk-yielding animal such as cow, buffalo, camel, this compensation would be Rs. 1.25 lakh.

The CM further said that looking at the unseasonal rains and hailstorms the government took immediate steps and on Sunday evening the chief secretary took stock of situation through a video conferencing with district collectors.

All the collectors are also visiting their respective areas to have a clear picture of the ground situation. The actual estimate takes time in such situations but all have been directed to report as soon as possible in order to provide relief to maximum people.

Under National Calamity Relief Fund (NCRF) norms, till now the compensation was Rs. 1,650 per goat or sheep and Rs. 16,400 per milk yielding animal, she said.

The state government would soon send a letter to the Centre demanding an increase in the famine relief works from 60 days to 90 days, she said.

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