Relief issue: Four VCs reiterate claim

DIMAPUR, SEP 3 (NPN) | Publish Date: 9/3/2019 10:28:27 AM IST

Four village councils under Chuchuyimlang EAC administrative circle have reiterate their earlier statement that some of the victims who were affected by different calamities in 2015 and 2016 have not received any relief from Nagaland State Disaster Management Authority (NSDMA)/ State Disaster Relief Fund (SDRF).

In a joint statement, chairmen of Chuchuyimlang Village Council (CVC), Salulamang Village Council (SVC), Yaongyimti Village Council (Old) and Yaongyimti Village Council (New) stated that 32 victims of the 2016 cyclonic storm at Chuchuyimlang village and three families at Yaongyimti village whose houses were gutted by fire have not been provided any relief till date despite site inspections by the district administration along with police.

Appreciating the commissioner & secretary for prompt clarification, the village councils, however, maintained that they were neither confused with the regular relief provided under SDRF sanctioned by the Government of India nor construing any relief in lieu of SDRF. 

They said the four village councils and victims of the natural calamities were confounded and annoyed by the “ambiguous documents” to issue the 50 kg bag of rice to the victims as they categorically bore the names of Nagaland State Disaster Management Authority (NSDMA) and Chief Minister’s Relief Fund (CMRF) which, they expressed belief were two distinct entities.

Further, appreciating the state chief minister for the relief, the village council, however, they have resolved not to accept the relief till such time the relief was provided by the NSDMA/SDRF since it was more than a year after the incident happened on May 9, 2018. 

They said the responsible office/department may have sanctioned for disbursal as claimed by commissioner & secretary, but the victims of the 2018 calamity have not received any relief till date. 

Therefore, they said statement “additional relief” was questionable and misleading.

They also said that though some of the 2016 victims at Chuchuyimlang have received relief of Rs. 3000 and below, 32 victims of the same 2016 calamity from Chuchuyimlang village alone have claimed that they have not received any relief till date. 

While some of the names of those victims along with the nature and extent of damage were submitted by the CVC to the district administration, they said documents seeking relief by some of the victims were directly processed by the district administration. In this regard, the village council said it cannot be claimed that all the victims of 2018 have already been provided relief.

NSDMA (Home) commissioner secretary had clarified that relief rice distribution across the state was being provided under CM’s Relief Fund for disaster-affected victims of 2018 and that it should not be confused with the regular relief provided under SDRF sanctioned by Government of India with specific norms.

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