Chennai floods - government initiatives
A series of initiatives have been taken by state and central government for supporting the flood affected Chennai region.
- In Tamil Naidu, Public Sector Insurance Companies are to organise awareness camps for facilitation and coordination in settlement of claims; Adequate number of surveyors deputed to process the claims speedily and effectively; Survey formats simplified to meet the emergent need; Private Sector Insurance Companies asked to appoint Nodal Officers and for expeditious disposal claims by them.
- Government directs all the banks to restore banking services in flood affected areas as early as possible and provide ATM and other services to the people round the clock; 8849 branches (92%) out of 9653 branches of Scheduled Commercial Banks (SCBs) and 16556 ATMs (90%) out of 18430 ATMs are functional in the State.
- Due date for deposit of tax deducted at source and tax collected at source during November 2015 has been extended to 20th December, 2015 for the deductors located in the State of Tamil Nadu
- A high level Central Public Health Team from the Health Ministry has reached Tamil Nadu yesterday to extend all possible support and assistance to the State Government during the present flood situation. The seven-member team will conduct rapid health assessment of the flood hit areas and advice the State on public health measures.
- The State government and other Central agencies have announced special camps to help people who had lost important documents like ration cards, land pattas, educational certificates, LPG connection cards, Aadhaar cards, Electors Photo ID Cards (EPIC), bank passbooks, passports and so on. In a statement here, Chief Minister Jayalalithaa said copies of ration cards were being issued to those who had lost them in the floods. Special camps would also be organised for two weeks from December 14 at taluk offices and schools and colleges for issuing copies of important documents and educational certificates.
- The Tamil Nadu government has ordered that Rs 10,000 be awarded for those who lost huts and Rs 5,000 for the flood-hit living in permanent houses. As part of the package, Rs. 13,500 per hectare would be given for paddy and other irrigated crops with damage of 33 per cent and above. The compensation will be Rs. 7,410 per hectare for rain-fed crops and Rs. 18,000 per hectare for long-term crops. The amount will be deposited directly in to the accounts of the farmers in primary agriculture co-operative banks. She asked the officials not to adjust this amount against loans obtained the farmers. A relief amount of Rs. 30,000 for those who had lost cows and buffaloes, Rs. 3,000 for sheep and pigs and Rs. 100 for loss of poultry like hen.