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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Administrations Rubbish Complaint of Inadequate Relief


MALDA, 8 APRIL: Even after 48 hours of the thunderstorm that majorly hit at least six blocks victims of the natural calamity are complaining about inadequate relief materials. Opposition parties have also alleged that the role of the administrations in providing relief materials is ‘far from satisfactory.’ However, block administrations have claimed that relief materials were distributed on war footing among the storm victims.



This may be mentioned that a devastating hailstorm on 6 April night took away two lives and left at least 30000 roofless in Malda. The cultivation of mango, paddy, and wheat was badly damaged. Six blocks of the district - English Bazaar, Ratua-1, Chanchal Harishchandrapur-2, Manikchak and Old Malda were affected in the hailstorm.

North Malda MP Mausam Noor who inspected the storm hit areas yesterday said: “There are grudges among the storm victims over relief material. I met the district administrations and told them to ensure distribution of relief immediately.” This may be mentioned that the irate victims blocked roads in three areas of north Malda yesterday.

Former CPI-M MLA Biswanath Ghosh said: “The relief distribution was not satisfactory as the many government officials were out of stations following three consecutive holidays.” Another senior CPI-M leader Indrajit Mitra said: “Though we arranged distribution of relief materials in English Bazaar by panchayet samity run by us, scenario is different in other blocks of the district.”

The block development officer (BDO) of English Bazaar block Gopal Das said: “We’ve already distributed relief materials including tarpaulin, clothes and food grains among 2000 families living at the worst storm hit areas of the block including Narhatta, Fulbaria, Jadupur II and Kajigram.” “53 families of Vivekananda Pally village of Kajigram area have also been taken care of,” Mr Das added.

BDO of Ratua II Sanjoy Biswas said: “As per primary report 6,000 people have been victimized though the figure may increase after the final report is obtained.” “We anticipate that the total number of victims could be around 10,000. Distribution of relief materials has been started through panchayets,” Mr Biswas added. BDO of Ratua I claimed that at least 10,000 villagers were affected in his block and relief items and food materials were provided.

Additional district magistrate (general) Nurul Islam, who was in Manichak to supervise the relief distribution, said: “Almost all storm victim families have been given the relief materials. It’s unfortunate that some opportunists are trying to exploit the situation and creating false claims about relief materials.” Mr Islam along with additional district magistrate (development) Nilkamal Biswas visited the storm hit areas today.

However, Mr Islam refused to accept that two persons died in the storm. “Only one woman Salema Bibi of Chanchal was killed in the storm as confirmed by the report. The family of the deceased would get a compensation of Rs 2 lakh as per the government rules he said.” He said that another person who was claimed to be killed by storm was died of cardiac failure as per the report.

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