12/9/1990

Government of Punjab

Department of Revenue

(E.R. Branch)

To

1.         All the Commissioners of Divisions in the State.

2.                  All the Deputy Commissioners in the State.

 

Memo No. 13/22/90-ER-II/5824

Chandigarh, dated the 12th Sept. 1990.

 

Sub:     Instructions regarding relief for persons affected by floods during the 1990 monsoon season.

 

            Recently some areas in Kapurthala district were flooded by the overflow of river Beas with the result that 300 families had to be evacuated to the Kapurthala-Goindwal road/guide bunds. Damage to crops as well as houses have also occurred as reported by the Deputy Commissioner. Reports of damage caused by incessant heavy rains/floods have come from other districts too and monsoon season is still on. Floods/heavy rains may cause damage anywhere in the flood prone areas of the State necessitating immediate disbursement of relief. While the detailed assessment of damage in various sectors may take some time but it may be necessary to disburse immediate relief to the affected/ evacuated families on certain items. In this connection, the State Government have decided to issue guidelines for disbursement of relief according to following revised norms and procedure of assessment:

 

I.          LOSS OF HUMAN LIFE

            In case of death of bread winner or the members of the family by natural calamities, verification in this regard should be made immediately and ordinarily not later than a week from the date of incidence. Deputy Commissioners through Revenue agency should carry out verification with regard to loss of human lives with the help of Voters List of the village in the presence of village elders such as Lambardars, Sarpanch and Members Panchayat. An ex gratia grant to the next kin of a deceased person may be given at the rate of Rs. 20000/- per adult, Rs. 5000 per minor and Rs. 5000 to the victim for the loss of limbs/eyes. Reports regarding human lives lost should be sent in proforma at Appendix ‘O’.

 

II.        SUBSISTENCE GRANT

            Although wide spread damage has not been reported, yet there may be which marooned persons have to be evacuated to safer places. It may be necessary to give subsistence grant to persons who are to stay in camps/temporary shelters as a result of evacuation. Maximum subsistence grant which can be given for the duration of their stay in camps/temporary shelters is indicated as under :-

 

a)      Rs. 4 per head per day in cash or in kind as may be considered suitable.

b)      15 mt. Of cloth per family of 5 members of more.

c)      Two blankets per family.

        Regarding (b) and (c), Deputy Commissioner concerned with the approval of the Commissioner may decide as to in which affected area cloth and blankets not exceeding the norm should be given. The above assistance will be limited to persons who are staying in camps/temporary shelters. Deputy Commissioner may grant appropriate assistance subject to maximum indicated above depending on the circumstances in each situation.

 

As regards the supply of cloth, the Deputy Commissioner should arrange the required supply of cloth at a price not exceeding Rs. 10 per meter through Punjab State Handloom and Textile Corporation/any other approved Organization. As regards blankets, the Deputy Commissioner should arrange the required supplies through the Punjab State Handloom and Textile Corporation/any other approved Organization at a ceiling price not exceeding Rs. 80 per blanket. The actual rate paid to the supplier should be as per the rate contract approved by the Controller of Stores for the current financial year or by the Financial Commissioner, Revenue.

 

III.       TEMPORARY SHELTER

            At the first instance, the Deputy Commissioner, should accommodate the families which are evacuated in some schools, Dharamshalas, Gurdwaras etc. which are safer and can be used for this purpose. In the event of such buildings not being available, than one used tarpaulin black cover per family of the appropriate size may be provided for the temporary shelter on non returnable basis if it is not possible to provide tents.

 

IV.       FODDER RELIEF

            To meet the immediate needs of fodder for the evacuated families, fodder grant of Rs. 3 per large animal per day and Rs. 1.50 per small animal per day may be allowed subject to a maximum of 8 heads of cattle per family and the Deputy Commissioner concerned considers it necessary to do so. The minimum number of  days for which assistance may be given should be decided by the Deputy Commissioner. The fodder grant may be paid in cash rather than in kind.

 

V.        LOSS OF CATTLE HEADS

            The assessment of cattle heads lost should be carried out by the Gazetted Officer with the help of staff of Animal Husbandry Department. While carrying out the assessments, the Sarpanch and Lambardars, along with other village respectables, should be associated. If any census of animals lost family wise should be announced in the village assembly and the list should be signed by the Sarpanch, Patwari and Lambardar of the Patti. It has been further decided that the Deputy Commissioners will submit their report with regard to cattle heads lost in proforma at Appendix ‘O’ and sanction of relief under this item will be communicated after consideration of their reports. For calculation of funds, following norms of relief may be adopted :

 

            (a)        Rs. 1000 per buffalo/bullock/crossbred cow;

(b)               Rs. 400 per desi cow.

(c)                Rs. 200 per goat/sheep/other animal.

 

VI.       CROP DAMAGE RELIEF

            There are reports of damage to the crops in floods/heavy rains affected areas. Therefore, the assessment of the damage to the crops for the purpose of disbursement of gratuitous relief on account of loss to standing crops has to be carried out. Assessment is ordinarily to be based on normal girdawari because it is only at the time of normal girdawari that exact loss of a particular crop by natural calamity can be ascertained. As normal girdawari for Kharif crop is done in October, it may be preponed in so far as flood affected areas affected by recent floods/rains are concerned. However, for the proper assessment of the damage to crops, following instructions may be followed:

1.         Relief will be admissible for a maximum of 5 acres of damaged crop per khatauni. If the khatauni has more than one co-sharer, the total relief admissible will be divided among the co-sharers in proportion to their shares.

2.                  Within the ceiling of 5 acres, if for example, 3 acres have sustained damage between 76% to 100% and 2 acres have sustained damage between 51% to 75% the relief payable will be worked out in accordance with the different scales allowed for different categories.

3.                  In case of land which is being cultivated by a tenant on chakota rent and chakota has already been paid for the Kharif, 1990 crop to the landlord, the relief admissible will be paid entirely to the tenant.

In the case of a tenant who is obliged to pay batai, the relief admissible will be shared between the landlord and tenant in the ratio of 1/3:2/3.

4.                  Sometimes, though the khasra girdawari shows that the land is under self cultivation of the owners in actual practice, a tenant is cultivating the land. In such cases, the officer should at the time of preparing the assessment list, hold a local enquiry from cultivators of neighbouring fields and village elders in order to ascertain as to who is in actual cultivation of the land. If it is found that the land is being cultivated by a tenant, the relief admissible should be paid to the tenant, etc. as per instructions contained in the preceding sub paragraph 3.

5.                  Where an unauthorised cultivator is under cultivating possession of government land, relief should be allowed to him to the extent of 2/3rd of the relief admissible leaving 1/3rd share undisbursed as it pertains to government’s share as landlord. While disbursing the cultivator’s share, any arrears of charges for unauthorised cultivation in the preceding years should be deducted.

6.                  The percentage of damage has to be worked out on field to field basis and no averaging is to be done far all the fields in the khatauni taken together. For example, if the khatauni has 10 acres of land, out of which 5 acres have sustained damage between 76% to 100% while the remaining 5 acres are left unaffected, relief will be provided upto the prescribed ceiling of 5 acres for all the acres which have suffered 76% to 100% damage at the scale applicable to this category of damage.

 

7.                  In order to have proper assessment of damage to crops by floods/rains, and to eliminate the chances of complaints, assessment of damage by Patwaris be verified cent per cent by the Kanungo/Circle Revenue Officers, 50% by the Sub Divisional Officers(C ) and random check be undertaken by the Deputy Commissioner. Further :

 

(i)                  The patwari at the time of making assessment of damage in a particular village should send advance intimation in writing to the village Panchayat through its Sarpanch.

(ii)                To avoid party faction in the village and to minimise the chances of complaints, assessment be made in the presence of the members of the village panchayat.

(iii)               In case the members of the Panchayat do not turn up despite intimation, the patwari should not withhold the assessment of damage on that account but should proceed according to the scheduled programme.

(iv)              The Tehsildar/Sub Divisional Officer(C ) should while undertaking the checking of the assessment made, by the patwari, inform the MP/Ex. MLA in whose constituency the village falls, so that he could also join the inspection, if he so desires.

 

The Deputy Commissioners will furnish information about the damage to the standing crops by rains/floods at the earliest. Norms of relief will be intimated separately. These reports should be sent to the Commissioners with a copy to the State/Government. Relief on account of crop damages will be sanctioned only after the consideration of reports submitted by Deputy Commissioners.

           

The Deputy Commissioners will be personally responsible to ensure that proper assessment of damage to crops etc. etc. by rains/floods is conducted and intimated tehsilwise.

 

VII.     RELEASE FOR HOUSE DAMAGE

            Since reports of damages to houses/huts have also been reported by recent rains/floods, assessment of damages is required to be made for the purpose of disbursement of relief. In this connection, it is stated that the relief for house damage is admissible only for a residential/house and can be paid for only ONE house per family even though a large number of houses belonging to that family may have been damaged. Shed used for tethering cattle or storage of fodder straw etc. are not eligible for getting house damage relief. For calculation purposes following scale of relief may be adopted:

            (i)         Pucca House                Fully damaged                          Rs. 2000

                                                            Partially damaged                     Rs. 1000

 

            (ii)        Katcha House              Fully damaged                          Rs. 1000

                                                            Partially damaged                     Rs. 500

 

            (iii)       Hut                               Fully damaged                          Rs. 250

                                                            Partially damaged                     Rs. 125

                                                           

            It is certified that in order to qualify for being categorised as partially damaged, there should be significant and visible damage such as collapse of a wall, portion of roof, settlement of foundations resulting in serious cracks etc. to the extent of 50% overall damage. A fully damaged house would be one which would require to be fully re-constructed.

 

            In case of damage to residential house, verification of damage should be made through survey ordinarily not later than a week from the date of incidence and reports about the same should be sent in proforma at Appendix ‘N’.

 

            The assessment of damage and preparation of lists of the persons eligible for receiving the relief should be undertaken through gazetted officers in the first instance itself, rather than leaving initial preparation to be done by village level revenue officials. At the time of carrying out the assessment, village elders such as Lambardars, Sarpanch, Member of Panchayats should be coopted. Any other community representatives who wish to assist in the assessment may be permitted to do so. Immediately after the assessment has been completed an open village assembly should be convened and the assessment list read out in the assembly. Any objections which are raised regarding the correctness of the list should be verified at the spot by the assessing officer and the list finalised there and then. A certificate should be recorded on the assessment list by the gazetted officer concerned bearing also the signatures of the village elders who have been associated during the assessment. On the receipt of assessments and proposals for relief by this office, sanction for relief for damages to the houses will be issued.

 

VIII.    MODE OF PAYMENT

 

            As already conveyed- vide Memo No. 5/8/87/ERTL-V/4985 dated 23rd May 1987 and Memo No. 5/108/88/ERTL-V/9737 dated 10th October 1988, the disbursement of relief has to be carried out through Account Payees Cheques to prevent any bungling during the disbursement of relief and to avoid future complaints from the affected people that they did not receive the full amount which was due to them under the Government policy.

 

            In so far as small amounts upto Rs. 250 are concerned, the disbursement may be allowed by the Deputy Commissioners by bearer cheques if a branch of a bank is available with a distance of 2 kilometers from the village. However, if no such branch is available he may allow disbursement of such small amounts not exceeding Rs. 250 in cash.

 

IX.       SUPERVISION AND CHECKING

            Deputy Commissioners and Commissioners of Divisions should conduct intensive tours of the area in their jurisdiction to supervise the working of the Disbursement Teams. They should ensure that the instructions issued by the Government are meticulously followed.

 

X.        DISPOSAL OF GRIEVANCES

            The Deputy Commissioners should ensure that a proper record of complaints received about the assessment/disbursement is maintained and its regular monitoring is done. Weekly reports about the No. of complaints pending. No. of complaints received and disposed of, may be intimated to the Government. As far as possible, it should be ensured that such complaints are attended to without any delay and are not allowed to remain pending for more than a week.

 

            Harbans Singh

Under Secretary to Govt Punjab

Revenue (AR) Department

 


28/11/1990

GOVERNMENT OF PUNJAB

DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE

(EMERGENCY RELIEF BRANCH)

 

To

 

1.                All the Commissioners of Divisions in the State

2.                All the Deputy Commissioners in the State

 

Memo No.13/22/90-ERII/8047

Chandigarh,dated the 28/11/90

 

Sub:     Instructions regarding relief for persons affected by floods during the 1990 monsoon season.

 

 

Please refer to Para VI regarding Crop Damage Relief of this department memo No.13/22/90-ERII/5824, dated 12/9/1990 on the subject noted above.

2.         The norms of relief on account of damage to the standing crops by heavy rains/floods/hailstorms are intimated as under :

 

(i)                  Where crop is totally damaged in early stage but area can be re-sown in the same season, farmers may be allowed relief for seeds, fertilizers etc. @ Rs. 150/- per acre.

(ii)                Where crop is totally damaged in early stage but area cannot be re-sown relief @ Rs. 400/- per acre may be allowed.

(iii)               Relief on account of damage of mature standing / harvested crops at the following rates may be allowed :

(a)        Where the loss to standing/ harvested                Rs.700/-per acre

            crops exceeds 75%

(b)        Where the loss to standing/ harvested                Rs.400/-per acre

            crops exceeds 50% but does not

exceed 75%

(c)        Where the loss to standing/ harvested                Rs.200/-per acre

            crops exceeds 25% but does not

exceed 50%

                        (d)        Where the loss does not exceed 25%                Nil

                                                           

 

                                                                        Under Secretary to Govt Punjab

                                                                                    Revenue (AR) Department



 

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17/2/1992

GOVERNMENT OF PUNJAB

DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE

(EMERGENCY RELIEF BRANCH)

 

To

 

1.      All the Commissioners of Divisions in the State

2.      All the Deputy Commissioners in the State

 

Memo No.5/38/91-ERII/1350

Chandigarh,dated the 17/2/1992

 

Sub:     Revision of norms for the grant of relief to the persons affected by Natural Calamities.

 

In partial modification of the instructions vide this department memo No. 13/22/90 -ERII/5824, dated 12th September 1990 sanction is accorded for revision of norms for the grant of relief for the loss of human life, loss of limbs or eyes by Natural Calamities at the following rates in future:

 

 

SN                               Item                                         Norms decided

 

1.         (i)         Grant on the death of a person  Rs.25000 per adult and

                        whether bread winner or not by Rs.10000 per minor

                        heavy rains, floods, fire or lighten-

                        ing or collapse of house, pillar or

                        pole by furious dust storm.

 

            (ii)        Ex-gratia payment for the loss of           Rs.10000 to the victim

                        limbs or eyes due to heavy rains,

                        floods and other natural calamities.

 

 

            In the case of fire, the following relief will also be admissible :

 

(iii)               Full cost of providing medical relief

To the victims of fire would be met

By the Government.

 

            (iv)       Relief on account of the losses   20% of the total loss subject to a

                        due to fire.                                            Maximum of Rs.10000 in any

                                                                                    individual case in respect of

                                                                                    properties which not insured

                                                                                    without any condition relating

                                                                                    to income of the affected person

2.         This sanction issued with the approval of the Governor-in-Council conveyed vide their UO No. 1/21/92-Cabinet dated 7th February 1992.

 

 

                                                                                    Addl Secretary to Govt Punjab

                                                                                    Revenue (M) Department



           

 

26/7/1993

GOVERNMENT OF PUNJAB

DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE

(EMERGENCY RELIEF BRANCH)

 

To

 

1.      All the Commissioners of Divisions in the State

2.      All the Deputy Commissioners in the State

 

Memo No.7/4/90-ERII/3604

Chandigarh,dated the 26th July 1993

 

Sub:     Revision of norms for the grant of relief to the persons affected by Natural Calamities.

 

In partial modification of the instructions vide this department memo No. 13/22/90 -ERII/8047 dated 28/11/1990 relief on account of damage to mature standing crops by heavy rains, floods, hailstorms will by admissible at the following rates :

(a)        Where the loss to standing/ harvested                Rs.1000/-per acre

            crops exceeds 75%

 

(b)        Where the loss to standing/ harvested                Rs.600/-per acre

            crops exceeds 50% but does not

exceed 75%

 

(c)        Where the loss to standing/ harvested                Rs.300/-per acre

            crops exceeds 25% but does not

exceed 50%

                       

(d)        Where the loss does not exceed 25%                Nil

 

2.         The above norms shall be applicable in respect of the damage caused on or after 1/3/1993.

3.         The other terms and conditions will remain the same as laid down in the previous instructions issued by Government from time to time.

 

                                                                                    Addl Secretary to Govt Punjab

                                                                                    Revenue (M) Department



13/8/1993

GOVERNMENT OF PUNJAB

DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE

(EMERGENCY RELIEF BRANCH)

 

To

 

1.                All the Commissioners of Divisions in the State

2.                All the Deputy Commissioners in the State

 

Memo No.7/4/90-ERII/4857

Chandigarh,dated the 13/8/93

 

Sub:     Instructions regarding relief for persons affected by heavy rains, floods during the 1993 Monsoon season.

 

In partial modification of the instructions issued vide this department memo No.13/22/90-ERII/5824, dated 12th September 1990 and memo No.5/38/91-ERII/1350, dated 17th February 1992, sanction is accorded for revision of norms for the grant of relief for the loss by Natural Calamities at the following rates in future:

 

I           (a)        Ex-gratia grant :

 

Ex-gratia grant for death of a person, both major and minor is rasied to Rs.50000.

 

A certificate from the Panchayat or Municipal Committee/ Corporation, as the case may be, that the person concerned has died due to floods should be a sufficient proof for giving this grant.

           

(b)        Grant for the loss of limbs or eyes due to heavy rains / floods and other natural calamities is raised form Rs. 10000 to Rs. 25000 to the victim.

 

II          Subsistence grant :

 

Subsistence grant is raised from Rs. 4 per head per day to Rs. 7 per head per day.

 

III        Fodder relief :

 

Fodder grant is raised from Rs. 3 per large animal per day to Rs. 6 per large animal per day and from Rs. 1.50 per small animal per day to Rs. 3 per small animal per day.

 

IV        Loss of cattle heads:

 

The rates for loss of cattle heads are revised as follows :

(a)                Rs. 2000 per buffalo, bullock, crossbred cow

(b)               Rs.800 per desi cow

(c)                Rs.400 per goat, sheep, other animal

 

V         Relief for house damage :

 

            Rates for relief for damage to houses are revised as follows :

 

            (a)        For fully damaged pucca house                         Rs. 4000

 

(b)        For partially damaged pucca house                   Rs. 2000

 

(c)        For fully damaged kutcha house                        Rs. 2000

 

(d)        For partially damaged kutcha house                  Rs. 1000

 

(e)        For fully damaged hut                                       Rs. 500

 

(f)         For partially damaged hut                                  Rs. 250

 

2.         The above mentioned revised rates will be effective wef 1/7/1993. These rates would also be applicable to loss due to all natural calamities which are eligible for relief as heretofore. The patwaris should associate representatives of village community such as Sarpanches, Panches and lambardars while assessing loss/ damage. In urban areas Municipal Councillors should be associated with the assessment. However, the Deputy Commissioners are requested to ensure that the damage is correctly assessed and the relief is disbursed to the genuine sufferers.

3.         The other terms and conditions contained in this Department memo No. 13/22/90-ERII/5824, dated 12th September 1990, Memo No. 13/22/9-ERII/8047, dated 28th November 1990 and Memo No. 5/38/91-ERII/1350 dated 17th February 1992 shall remain in force as heretofore.

 

 

Addl Secretary to Govt Punjab

                                                                                    Revenue (M) Department



 

18/08/1993

GOVERNMENT OF PUNJAB

DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE

(EMERGENCY RELIEF BRANCH)

To

1.      All the Commissioners of Divisions in the State

2.      All the Deputy Commissioners in the State

 

Memo No.7/4/90-ERII/4902

Chandigarh,dated the 18/8/1993

 

Sub:     Relief for damage to fruit gardens by Natural Calamities

 

            Government have decided to grant relief for damage to fruit gardens by hailstorms and floods at the following rates :

 

(a)        Where the loss to fruit                                       Rs.1000/-per acre

            crops exceeds 75%

(b)        Where the loss to fruit crop                               Rs.600/-per acre

            exceeds 50% but does not

exceed 75%

(c)        Where the loss to fruit                                       Rs.300/-per acre

            crops exceeds 25% but does not

exceed 50%                

(d)        Where the loss does not exceed 25%                Nil

 

2.         The relief will be admissible upto a maximum  of 5 acres per Khatauni or the actual area affected whichever is less depending on the damage actually caused. For the purpose of disbursement of relief, all members of a Khatauni, whether in the capacity of owner, cosharer, tenant, mortgagee in possession will be treated as one unit. Likewise any person holding land in more than one Khatauni will be entitled to relief upto a maximum of 5 acres or damaged area taking into account all the area held by him.

3.         The relief will be admissible for only those gardens which are recorded as such at the time of girdawari in the Revenue Record. The assessment will be made through special girdawari by the revenue authorities like other crops. If Deputy Commissioners deems fit, they can consult the District Level Officers of the Horticulture Department. The relief is to be granted for the damage caused by hailstorms and floods only to the fruit bearing trees from the stage of flowering to plucking of fruits. Relief will be admissible only for the damage caused within specific dates which will be intimated by the Horticulture Department.

4.         The above norms shall be applicable in respect of damage caused after 5/7/1993.

 

Addl Secretary to Govt Punjab

                                                                                    Revenue (M) Department



 

18/8/1993

GOVERNMENT OF PUNJAB

DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE

(EMERGENCY RELIEF BRANCH)

 

To

1.      All the Commissioners of Divisions in the State

2.      All the Deputy Commissioners in the State

 

Memo No.7/4/90-ERII/4806

Chandigarh,dated the 18/8/1993

 

Sub:     Relief for damage to agricultural produce caused by fire on the way from fields to Mandis

 

Government have decided that if a loss is caused by fire to the agricultural produce on the way from fields to mandis (while going to the Mandi for sale) relief will be granted as per the following present norms in respect of loss by fire :

 

“20% of the total loss subject to a maximum of Rs.10000 in any individual case in respect of properties which were not insured without

any condition relating to income of the affected person.”

 

This relief shall be applicable in respect of damage / loss caused after 5/7/1993.

 

2.         The other terms and conditions will remain the same as laid down in the previous instructions issued by Government from time to time.

 

Addl Secretary to Govt Punjab

                                                                                    Revenue (M) Department

 


 

 

 

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