Uncertainty over CM Sarbananda Sonowal’s strict flood relief orders looms large among the affected

  • Uncertainty over CM Sarbananda Sonowal’s strict flood relief orders looms large among the affected
04-08-2017 | Pratidin Bureau. |

Despite the strict orders of the Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, the deputy commissioners of several districts are facing trouble in distributing ex gratia to the next of kin of the deceased people and the injured during flood in Assam. The Chief Minister had directed the DCs to release Rs. 4 lakh within 48 hours to the next of kin of the people died in electrocution during flood in Assam. He also directed the DCs to distribute flood relief immediately among the affected people.

But due to the regulations of the government itself, the DCs are facing trouble in implementing the orders of the CM. They are facing trouble in keeping up with the orders of CM and the regulations of the finance department.

It is worth mentioning that, there are two sections of relief under the revenue branch in the office of the deputy commissioner, Gratia Relief (GR) and Relief Grant (RG). From the funds of GR section, relief such as rice, cereals are provided. And from the funds under RG section, ex gratia relief to the deceased are provided.

Previously DCs could spend and transfer funds via AC bills, but rules under the current government have obstructed the DCs to do so. Hence the DCs are being unable to provide ex gratia to the next of kin of the deceased.

According to the new rules and regulations of the government, DCs have to submit the autopsy and police reports of the dead person to the revenue department. The revenue department after examining the documents would send them to the finance department. The finance department after approving the documents would send the related files to the revenue department and then the revenue department would direct the DCs to provide the ex gratia to the victims. Hence it is clear that the victim’s family would not get the ex gratia before six months.

Tags : Flood relief Assam floods Sarbananda Sonowal ex gratia


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