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A year after Malin tragedy: Kin of 19 of victims yet to get compensation

Legal hurdles have held up release of relief amount from PM’s and CM’s relief funds.

Written by Nisha Nambiar | Pune | Published: July 4, 2015 1:52 am
malin tragedy, landslide, CM relief fund, pune new, city news, local news, maharashtra news, Indian Express The landslide at Malin had left 191 people dead.

A year after the devastating landslide claimed 151 lives at Malin village near Pune on July 30, 2014, the promised compensation amount is yet to be disbursed to the relatives of 19 of the people who died.

While Rs 95 lakh is yet to come from the Prime Minister’s Relief Fund, Rs 38 lakh from the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund is still to be released.

The CM Relief Fund had announced Rs 5 lakh for each of the deceased while under PM Relief Fund, the promised amount was Rs 2 lakh each. The total amount to be received from PM fund was Rs 3.02 crore while Rs 7.55 crore was to come from the CM fund.

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According to officials involved in the disbursal of compensation, they have completed the process for 132 people, but are finding it tough to get the remaining fund.

“The heirs have been doing the rounds everyday and we have no answers. We have written to the Chief Minister’s Office and Prime Minister’s Office, but there is no response,” said officials dealing with the compensation issue.

The administration disburses the compensation only after confirming the authenticity of legal heirs of victims. Because of some disputes about the authenticity of some of these claimants, the pending compensation amount is stuck in bureaucratic procedures.

Meanwhile, the affected villagers who were promised permanent tenements at Aamde village, the site for permanent rehabilitation of Malin victims, are still stuck as the government has allocated only Rs 2 lakh per house against their demand of Rs 5.93 lakh. Villagers have now formed a society so that they can raise additional money from other sources as well, said an official.

“Finally, a society has been formed so that donations can be collected to build better houses,” said the villagers.

The budget of Rs 2 lakh was allocated for 451 square feet tenements, which villagers say would not be enough for a decent house.

The rehabilitation department has refused to increase the amount despite pleas from villagers.

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