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November 25, 2019

Didi flags off relief material for Bulbul-affected families

Didi flags off relief material for Bulbul-affected families

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today flagged off from Nabanna relief material for Cyclone Bulbul-affected families. These “Dignity Kits” or disaster management kits will be given to the over 6 lakh affected families by the State Government.

Each of these kits contain a tarpaulin, two sarees, lungi, dhoti, children’s garments, sheets, dry food, stove and utensils and other day-to-day necessities. The families of the deceased will get an assistance of Rs 2 lakh each, as announced earlier.

Main points of her speech:

The State Government has as much as possible covered all aspects to make good the loss suffered by the cyclone. Even if resources are drained, all efforts have been made so that the relief material reaches those affected as soon as possible. So far, 5 lakh tarpaulins, around 45,000 lanterns areas where there is power disruption, have been sent. Rice will be given to the families till the situation becomes normal.

Till now, 47,000 kits have reached. Another 6 lakh kits have been prepared, of which 10,000 will be sent daily. Paddy has been destroyed in many areas, and there are some areas where water has stagnated. The agriculture department is carrying out a survey, based on which farming assistance will be given.

About 60% people have crop insurance. Now that coverage will be 100%. This funding is given entirely by the State Government. Houses will be built under the ‘Bangla Awas Yojana’. This and compensation for damaged farmland will be sent to respective bank accounts directly.

In order to be prepared for such calamities in the future, the State Government has decided to place orders for relief material with MSME units so that three years’ stocks are always available.

The State Government has distributed over 1 crore cycles under the Sabuj Sathi scheme. Since more will be needed, cycle manufacturing and repairing units will be set up in Bangla. Simultaneously, cycle repairing training will be imparted by the skills development department. This will result in employment for many.