Rajasthan News

Uttarakhand victims awaits for Raj govt compensation

by RajasthanDirect
Oct 29, 2013

Rajasthan was the first among the others to announce a relief package to the victims after tragedy struck Uttarakhand hills in June and many Rajasthan people suffers. Rajasthan govt fails to disburse the compensation even after five months. For now as elections round the corner, due to model code of conduct distribution of the amount will not be done.

Earlier government at the time of Uttarakhand tragedy had promised Rs 5 lakh to the kin of 519 missing pilgrims apart from a slew of assurances to the injured. Till now, no amount has reached the relatives of the dead.

“I am still waiting for any relief from the state government. There were lot of promises made but it seems it was just to earn brownie points before the elections,” said Mukesh Yadav in Jaipur, who lost his parents in the tragedy. Most of the victims were from Jaipur (238).

On the other hand, officials of district administration say that the process has been halted due to the implementation of model code of conduct. “We completed the formalities of issuing names in newspapers and are preparing a list of those who have not been found. Once the model code of conduct comes into effect, a nod from EC is necessary which the state disaster management and relief department ( SDMR) is seeking,” said T Ravikanth, district collector, Jaipur.

Similar is the situation in Kota where 58 people are still missing and in Ajmer where 30 are missing. “We are waiting for specific instructions from the higher authorities. As of now we have been asked to stop distributing any sort of relief,” said an official from Kota.

The process, which was supposed to end in August, is still dragging on. “We have sent the file three times but in return EC has given us a copy of guidelines of model code of conduct. We are awaiting specific instructions from the EC,” said an official from disaster relief department.

However, EC has categorically maintained that routine businesses should not be affected because of model code of conduct. “Each department is allowed to carry out their day-to-day activities. Only such actions which can influence the voters shall be avoided. Something which was announced earlier can be implemented,” said Ashok Jain, chief electoral officer, Rajasthan.

src: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/jaipur/Uttarakhand-victims-kin-await-state-govts-compensation/articleshow/24881819.cms

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