U’khand urges Centre to hike financial help for disaster-hit people
In a proposal sent to the Prime Minister’s Office in August, the state government asked for increasing the relief and assistance fund for disaster victims as the prevailing circumstances in hills are vastly different and cannot be compared with the plain areas.dehradun Updated: Sep 13, 2017 20:40 IST
DEHRADUN: The Uttarakhand government wants the Centre to simplify the disaster relief norms for the state as it feels the existing provisions are not commensurate considering the regular occurrence of flashfloods, cloudbursts and landslides in the region.
The major demands raised by the government include increase in compensation for fully or severely damaged houses from Rs 1 lakh to Rs 3 lakh in hill areas. Also, a compensation of Rs 10,000 each for partially damaged houses - up from around Rs 5,000 across the country as per the present central government norms. Similarly, the compensation for rebuilding cattle sheds was to be hiked from Rs 2,000 to Rs 10,000, it said.
In a proposal sent to the Prime Minister’s Office in August, the state government has asked for increasing the relief and assistance fund for disaster victims as the prevailing circumstances in hills are vastly different and cannot be compared with the plain areas. The norms are formulated by the Ministry of Homes Affairs.
To raise monetary assistance for disaster victims, the government said expenditure norms for the State Disaster Relief Fund (SDRF) provide standard uniform norms across the country for repair and restoration of destroyed infrastructure. But these standard specifications don’t reflect ground realities of the state, it added.
“It’s urgently requested that the norms of relief admissible to individual disaster victims for the losses incurred by the people be increased together with norms of all civil works, including repair of roads damaged of natural disaster, the disaster management department wrote in a letter.
Chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat heads the disaster management department.
“Uttarakhand is highly vulnerable to natural disasters by virtue of its location in seismic gap of 1905 Kangra and 1934 Bihar-Nepal earthquakes. Apart from major quake threat, Uttarakhan is battered by reoccurring disasters like landslides, flash floods and cloudbursts every year,” disaster mitigation and management centre executive director Pyoosh Rautela said.
“This has not only resulted into physical loses but also became a major hindrance for socio-economic growth of the state leading urgency for amendment in the SDRF compensation norms in favour of hill area victims.”