Haryana government has sought financial assistance of Rs 1,000 from National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) as compensation for people affected during the recent Jat quota agitation in the state.
“Haryana government has urged National Disaster Management Authority to provide assistance to the tune of Rs 1,000 crore to the state so that appropriate compensation and relief can be provided to the victims of man-made disaster, the pro-Jat reservation agitation, and the state can move ahead with the process of reconstruction and rehabilitation,” an official spokesman said here today.
National Disaster Management Authority has been informed that in the month of February this year, substantial damage was caused to a large number of properties, both government and private, during the unrest related to the Jat reservation agitation.
Compensation claims for 2,077 private immovable properties worth Rs 555 crore have been received. Besides a large number of government properties and 300 private vehicles have been reported to be damaged.
The actual assessment of the claims amount is being done by the district administrations along with survey experts in an expeditious manner, he said.
He said the state government has provided assistance to the victims of this “man made” disaster by diverting funds from its own Plan expenditure, as an interim measure, to ensure that the affected victims, especially from economically weaker sections, get some relief to restart their livelihoods.
Till April 6, Rs 53.63 crore have already been disbursed by the state government to the victims as relief.
The spokesman said it was also informed to the National Disaster Management Authority that extensive damage caused to properties during the agitation constitutes a man-made disaster that requires relief and rehabilitation under the National Disaster Management Act.
The recent Jat reservation agitation, like other man-made disasters, caused tremendous damage to the innocent victims, he said.