Kochi: Disbursal of immediate assistance of Rs 10,000 announced by the state government for flood hit families has started in Ernakulam on Friday. The amount has been transferred to the bank accounts of 14,621 families identified by revenue officials.
The district administration has reportedly put in place a fool-proof system to ensure that no undeserved person gets the aid while all the affected are included in the list of beneficiaries. Booth level officers visited the inundated houses and assessed the extent of damage and submitted the details for verification at block and village level.
The list was handed over to tehsildars, after addition and removal if any, for vetting and finalising the list. Areas in taluks have been divided into three categories: unaffected, partially affected and completely hit, based on which the beneficiaries’ list has been compiled. Completely marooned houses are given top priority while the partially affected buildings are being assessed by officials.
As all taluks in Ernakulam have been categerised as flood-hit, immediate financial assistance will be provided to families regardless of their financial status. All houses which were fully or partially under water for 48 hours will get the immediate aid. Compounds where landslide or soil cave-in occurred are also eligible for assistance.
The district treasury has been asked to transfer the amount to 5,500 bank acco-unts in Paravur, the most devastated area. The number of families identified for financial assistance in various taluks is Aluva – 2000, Kochi – 1500, Kanay-annur – 1121, Kunnathunadu – 2000, Muvattupuzha – 1250 and Kothamangalam – 1250.
The district has a total of 1.92 lakh families affected by the natural disaster and the BLOs have completed data collection from 77,587 households. The survey is expected to be completed in the next few days.