Agartala: Compensation will be given to the victims of Kalbaishakhi (pre-monsoon) storm within two days. In that case, the election code of conduct will have no effect, said chief minister Biplab Kumar Deb on Friday.
Deb said that 70 per cent of the houses damaged by the storm were blown away by shedding. They will be given a compensation of Rs 95,000 from the administration.
“The government will come forward to help the victims. In that, the election code of conduct will not be hindered,” Deb added.
He said the houses with tin canopies will now be included in the Prime Minister’s Awas Yojana.
“The central government has given the approval only in response to Tripura’s request. In the first phase, 70,000 families will be benefit. A survey of 1.80 lakh houses is underway. Only Tripura is getting that benefit in the whole country,” the chief minister said.
He said that earlier there was no rule in the Prime Minister’s Housing Scheme for those who have tin sheds over muddy houses. However, the Tripura government has drawn the attention of the Prime Minister to include such houses in the scheme.
Earlier, chief secretary Manoj Kumar on Thursday visited various areas of Asharambari in Tulashikhar under Khowai sub-division affected by the Kalbaishakhi storm.
The chief secretary was accompanied by district magistrate Smita Mall, additional superintendent of police Rajib Sengupta, sub-divisional magistrate Asit Kumar Das among others.
A administrative delegation, including the chief secretary, first visited Asharambari Bazar. They then toured the damaged Thanabasti Junior Basic School, Krishnama Basti in the damaged area of Asharambari.
He then visited the relief camp of Asharambari Class XII School, where 45 people from 11 families have taken shelter. Later, the administrative team led by the Chief Secretary visited the relief camp of Krishnama Basti JB School where 16 people from 68 families in this camp.
The delegation spoke to the refugees in the camp and inquired about various issues including health. While inspecting the affected areas, Chief Secretary Manoj Kumar directed the district officers of various departments to expedite the work of assessing the damage in the affected areas.
The sub-divisional administration has given Rs 5,000 to 7 affected families for house repairs and Rs 3,000 to 20 families for house repairs.
Sub-divisional magistrate Asit Kumar Das said a team of doctors has been appointed for the first aid. Besides, drinking water has been supplied in two camps by tanker on behalf of the Department of Drinking Water and Health Rules.
Meanwhile, Assistant General Manager of the power corporation Swapan Debbarma said that 67 power poles and 2 transformers were damaged in the storm in the affected areas and repair work is underway.