Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan averred on Sunday that though – providentially – there was no loss of life in floods that recently ravaged the state, large-scale damage was caused to dwellings and other property.
“However, citizens need not harbour even a shred of trepidation as their abodes will be reconstructed and other losses compensated,” the senior politician was officially quoted as saying while chairing a meeting in connection with extending assistance under the Revenue Book Circular, the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme and other programmes.
Chief Secretary Iqbal Singh Bains, Additional CS (Panchayat and Rural Development) Manoj Kumar Shrivastava, Principal Secy (Revenue) Manish Rastogi and Commissioner (Public Relations) S Pandharinath Khade were among those present.
Mr Chouhan directed that those whose houses have been destroyed be provided Rs 1 lakh each under RBC 6/4; Rs 20,000 under MGNREGS and Rs 12,000 for building toilets.
Amounts ranging from Rs 70,000-Rs 1 lakh shall be disbursed for reconstructing animal sheds; compensation of Rs 5,000 will be doled out for food grain, utensils, etc.
In the words of Indian Administrative Service officer Mr Shrivastava, “The MGNREGS enshrines a provision vis-à-vis expending up to Rs 3.80 lakh for repair on farms.”
The Chief Minister pointed out that – in addition to 100 days’ work in areas struck by natural calamities – there is a clause for an additional 50 days under MGNREGS.
“Permission should be obtained by writing to the Centre at the earliest,” he instructed.
The district administrations and panchayats must “ensure” that residential construction material is made available at reasonable prices.
Credit shall be extended at 4 per cent interest to self-help groups with the objective of providing concrete shape to Premier Narendra Modi’s ‘vocal for local’ mantra.