KOKRAJHAR, AUG 20: In line with the ceremonial launch of rehabilitation grants to flood-affected families through Direct Benefit Transaction DBT) by the Chief Minister of Assam, the Kokrajhar district administration also handed over cheques to beneficiaries of the district at a ceremonial function held at the auditorium of the Kokrajhar Science College on Saturday.
On the occasion, Binita Pegu, Secretary to the Government of Assam formally distributed 5 cheques of Rs. 95,100 each to the families with fully damaged houses in the presence of MLA of Kokrajhar East LAC Lawrence Islary, Kokrajhar Deputy Commissioner Varnali Deka and other officials of the district administration.
Delivering the introductory speech, Kokrajhar Deputy Commissioner Varnali Deka said that it was a very auspicious day for us. Because the financial assistance through Rehabilitation Grant to the families whose houses have been damaged houses by the floods was being released through DBT. She informed that this time around 1,00,101 people were affected by the floods in our Kokrajhar district and more than 20,696 people had to stay in relief camps. The grants are being given through verification of house damage. “Also the second good thing is that the launching of Orunodoi Month in the state today. But if a person is not eligible under opt-out on date then they must apply to opt-out”, she appealed.
Speaking at the function, MLA Lawrence Islary said the flood victims as well as the economically weaker sections of the society would benefit tremendously with the launch of rehabilitation grant and Arunodoi month in the district.
During the last flood a total of 60 houses were damaged, out of this 10 houses were fully damaged, 47 were partially damaged and 3 huts were
damaged. In this connection, a total of 10 families of fully damaged houses would receive a sum of Rs. 95,100 per family, total 47 families of partially damaged houses would receive a sum of Rs. 3,200 per family and 3 families would receive a sum of Rs. 4,100 for damage of their huts in the district.
In addition to that, Secretary to the Government of Assam Binita Pegu also ceremonially flagged off the
Orunodoi Month in the district in order to gauge the level of implementation and impact
of the Orunodoi scheme at the ground level. She asked the supervisors and Verification Team Members to conduct the door-to-door verification drive properly to ensure that its benefits are available to the economically weaker sections of the society, especially the poor women.
During this Orunodoi Month, a field survey of Orunodoi beneficiaries would be carried out. The door-to-door survey would entail a process of verification which would be followed by exclusion of ineligible and non-genuine beneficiaries from the Orunodoi beneficiary database.
In Kokrajhar district, total 43246 beneficiaries covering 118 VCDC and 22 ULBS have been covered under Orunodoi Scheme. For re-verification during the Orunodoi Month, there would be 257 Verification Teams formed with total 514 degree students from 7 colleges of the district. They would conduct house-to-house visit of all existing beneficiaries along with 140 supervisors who have been engaged from P&RD Department. Engaged Verification Team Members and Supervisors have already been trained through designated master trainers. At present, 7 beneficiaries have submitted for voluntary opt-out through online Application Mode.
The meeting was ended with vote of thanks given by the Additional Deputy Commissioner.