Uttarakhand victims’ kin to get Rs5 lakh as compensation

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The Uttarakhand cabinet will meet on Friday to decide compensation to be paid to those who perished in the Himalayan Tsunami and fix the final cut off date to declare missing persons as dead so that compensation could be paid to them without much delay.

“We will declare the final list of missing people, presumed to be dead, on July 16.
It is not expected to be more than 6,000 plus minus 2%,” NDMA member, V K Duggal, Centre’s nodal officer coordinating the rescue and relief operations in the state told dna.

As per Uttarakhand government officials, the compensation to the next to the kin of those killed in the flash floods and its aftermath will be to the tune of Rs5 lakh, including Rs2 lakh from the Prime Minister’s Relief Fund. The next to the kin of government servant killed on duty will get Rs10 lakh.

The list of 3,975 missing people, promptly announced by the Union home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde on July 10 in New Delhi, galloped several notches on the same day after Uttar Pradesh government suddenly faxed Uttarakhand a fresh list of 1,372 more persons missing in addition to the previous list of 726 people. As a result at 5 pm on July 10, Uttar Pradesh alone accounted for 2,098 missing people while the list of total missing persons stood at 5,360, including 795 local inhabitants. By 7 pm the missing list swelled to 6,057 persons with additions from several others states, including Uttarakhand that accounted for 925 local missing people.

But the final figure is expected to be half than 11,600 stated by a UN agency.
“This was expected to happen as information reaching to the states through various methods is taking time. Today (on Thursday) the number of missing stands at 5,770 of which 4,845 from states and 925 from Uttarakhand,” said Duggal.