The West Bengal government rejected almost 50 percent of the 381,774 applications seeking compensation under the ‘Duare Tran’ program for the damage caused by the cyclone Yaas. A senior official stated on Sunday saying that the state government has rejected the bogus applications after the district authorities did a spot verification.
He said that “After due verification of all applications, done between June 18 and 30, at least 1,86,815 were rejected – mainly by block development officers or heads of urban local bodies – as they were found to be fake.”
According to the government, about 75,000 applications were rejected from more than 162,000 applications that were filed in the South 24 Paraganas district. While out of 117,654 applications in the Purba Midnapore district, over 70,000 were rejected after verification. The cyclone hit the coastal regions in May, devastating the states of West Bengal and Odisha.
“We found out that 12,000 of the 14,000 applicants filed from Nandigram-I block were bogus. In Egra II, only 52 of 6,874 submissions were found to be genuine.
This time, the administration verified every claim before giving its approval,” the official added. He also said that the compensation is already being dispersed from July 1 to the genuine applicants.
To avoid any controversy, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee asked the beneficiaries to apply for claims in writing rather than in bulk.
The relief program was announced by Chief Minister Mamta Banerjee in May, to reach those affected by setting up camps and providing relief funds to them at their doorsteps.
After the Amphan cyclone that hit the state last year amid the pandemic, there were allegations over the compensation that were approved for even those who were not affected by the cyclone.
There was also the controversy of corruption as multiple members from the same families may have gotten Rs 20,000 each.
Though the district administrations were asked to review the payments and take back the funds which were given to the bogus applicants, Chief Minister is cautious this time.
The relief amount announced this time is between Rs 1,000 to Rs 25,000 for those whose agricultural land is affected due to the cyclone.
Betel leaf farmers and those who have lost their cattle will be provided compensation of Rs 5,000 and Rs 30,000 respectively.
For the infrastructure lost due to the cyclone, Rs 5000 has been the decided amount for partially damaged mudhouses and Rs 20,000 for the fully damaged.