Bhubaneswar: Cyclone affected victims today beelined relief distribution centres to get their share of Rs 2,500 towards compensation for polythene, clothes and other essentials.
A day after Fani devastated Puri and Khurda districts, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik announced relief and rehabilitation of Rs 2,500, Rs 95,000 for houses damaged and 50 kg rice for ration card holders, affected in the cyclone.
The Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation has been tasked with relief distribution in the Capital City. From wee hours of Tuesday, BMC officials were seen camping at the designated relief distribution sites.
The affected persons, in long queues were waiting for their turn to get the financial assistance. While most of them were happy with the instant aid-distribution mechanism, some others urged the State and Centre to raise the package.
“This money will be of great assistance. Rs 2,500 may not be a big amount for many, but for people like us who have lost everything in the cyclone, this money means a lot,” said Jhuna Digal, a beneficiary.
BMC Official Pradipta Kumar Dakua said that the task is challenging as the number of beneficiaries keep on soaring.
“We will put in all our efforts to ensure that not a single beneficiary is left out. The card-holder can collect the money from our centres and 50 kg rice from the ‘Control’ shops,” Dakua said.