KOKRAJHAR – On Saturday, at the Kokrajhar Science College auditorium, the Kokrajhar District Administration handed out cheques to the beneficiaries. This was in line with the official launch of flood rehabilitation grants through Direct Benefit Transaction (DBT).
Binita Pergu, Secretary of the Government of Assam, officially distributed five cheques of Rs. In the presence MLA Kokrajhar East LAC Lawrence Islary and Kokrajhar Commissioner Varnali Devika, officials from the district administration distributed 95,100 to each family with fully-damaged houses.
Varnali deka, Kokrajhar’s Deputy Commissioner said the opening speech that this was an auspicious day. DBT was releasing financial aid through Rehabilitation Grant for families whose homes were damaged by floods. The floods that struck Kokrajhar in the district of Kokrajhar affected around 1,001,101 residents. More than 206,000 people needed to live in emergency shelters. These grants will be granted after verification of the extent of property damage. The second benefit is the launch of Orunodoi Month today in the state. However, if an individual is not eligible to opt-out by the date they are due, then they will need to apply for opt-out.” she stated.
Lawrence Islary (MLA) spoke during the function and stated that the rehabilitation grant was being launched in the district. He also mentioned the benefits to the financially weaker parts of society.
A total of 60 homes were destroyed by the flood. Of these, 10 were completely damaged while 47 houses sustained partial damage. 3 huts also were affected. This means that 10 families with completely damaged houses will receive Rs. A total of 95,100 families would be eligible for a Rs. 500,000 each. 47 families with partially damaged homes will also receive the same amount. The sum would be distributed to 3 families, each family receiving Rs. 3,200 and the remaining 2 families getting Rs. 4,100 would be paid for the damage to their homes in the District.
Binita Pergu, Secretary of Government of Assam, also flagged off Orunodoi Month in her district to assess the impact and level of implementation of Orunodoi’s scheme. The secretary asked her supervisors and members of Verification Team to make sure that the Door-to-Door verification drive was conducted properly in order to guarantee the welfare of economically poorer people, including women.