Village councils spurn Govt’s belated relief

Village councils spurn Govt’s belated relief
Members of various village councils under EAC circle Chuchuyimlang. (NP)
Correspondent MOKOKCHUNG, AUG 26 (NPN) | Publish Date: 8/26/2019 11:41:38 AM IST

In a case of too little and too late, the Chuchuyimlang EAC circle village councils have rejected the assistance offered by the state government on account of the unprecedented cyclonic storm on May 1, 2016 and May 9, 2018 that uprooted and destroyed many houses and farm lands. This was disclosed to media persons at a briefing by Chuchuyimlang Salang, Chairman of the Chuchuyimlang village council, Aosanen Pongen.

Aosanen said that the village councils along with the village level disaster management, had prepared a detailed assessment of the damages incurred after being asked to do so, by the government. 

However, after the lapse of many years, the village councils of the cited circle, received a notification from the District Administration to collect relief for the victims. 

To their astonishment, Aosanen said the relief turned out to be a mere 50 Kg Rice bag from the Department of Supply for each of those affected. Each bag cost Rs. 150 whereas the damages incurred were to the tune of some lakhs of rupees.  Aosanen said the relief was dispersed under the same letter head of the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund and Nagaland State Disaster Management Agency (NSDMA). 

He said this confused the elders and therefore, the Chuchuyimlang EAC Circle villages wanted to know as to which of the two offered the relief. When asked about what would be their next step, Aosanen said the village councils would give one week time to the state government to respond to their memorandum. 

Meanwhile all members agreed with the point of the chairman of Yaongyimti Old that receiving the Rs. 150 bag of rice was more of a burden for the village council because the transportation cost will be costlier than the relief.


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