GUWAHATI: The State Government has chosen proper flood-damage assessment as the thrust area this time, as flood-affected people seldom get rehabilitation grants for years.
Despite provisions for rehabilitation grants from the SDRF (State Disaster Response Fund) for a lot of damage in natural calamities, most of the affected people do not get rehabilitation grants due to ignorance on the part of the civilians and district and revenue circle administrations. They lack clarity on the damage to items and their matching rehabilitation grants.
Following a directive from Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, the Revenue and Disaster Management (R&DM) Department has issued an SOP (Standard Operating Procedure) for flood-damage assessment. The department has sent the SOP to the deputy commissioners concerned.
Guardian ministers and guardian secretaries will leave for their respective districts tomorrow to monitor flood-damage assessment. The SOP has an annexure that spells out a specific amount for items like pucca houses, kutcha houses, fully-damaged structures, partially-damaged structures, damage to cattle sheds, washing away of utensils, livestock, etc.
Talking to The Sentinel, Commissioner-Secretary to R&DM Department and ASDMA CEO GD Tripathi said, "The Government's thrust is on flood damage assessment. The reports emanating from the districts show huge damage to civilians' property. The damage-assessment exercise will be complete by July 10, and the payment of the rehabilitation grant by July 30. The affected people will get the rehabilitation grants through the DBT system."