Calamity aid up, new norms in place
The Centre has enhanced the quantum of assistance to be provided by the state governments to people affected by natural disasters, and Orissa is the first state where the revised norms have come into effect.
The government had earlier fixed the expenditure norms for the states from the Calamity Relief Fund (CRF) and National Calamity Contingency Fund (NCCF) in 2003. While the family of a deceased person was earlier entitled to get an ex-gratia payment of Rs 50,000, now it has been enhanced to Rs 1 lakh.
The Centre has informed the changes in a communication sent to the Orissa government dated June 27. Orissa’s Special Relief Commissioner Nikunja K Sundaray told HT. “The revised norms announced by the Centre have already come into operation in Orissa.”
A disaster-affected person was entitled to get an ex-gratia payment of Rs 25,000 for loss of limb or eye under the 2003 norms. The same has now been hiked to Rs 35,000 and Rs 50,000 for different kinds of disabilities. When the disability is more than 75%, the affected person will get an ex-gratia payment of Rs 50,000 and when the disability is between 40% and 75%, the person will get Rs 35,000.
In the case of natural disasters other than drought and pest attack, gratuitous relief can now be given up to 15 days, which can be extended to 30 days.