Arunima Ghosh  
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Kolkata, 25 October 
The state government has decided to provide a one-time financial assistance of Rs 5,000 to every family rendered homeless in the recent floods. A notification to this effect was issued by the state disaster management department today. The financial assistance or ‘Gratuitous Relief’ in cash is in addition to the department’s efforts towards distribution of relief materials. 
An official of the department said the total number of families who would receive financial aid is yet to be assessed. 
“The Centre has a provision for providing financial assistance to people affected due to a natural calamity. The matter was being discussed since long and has been finalised now. The aid will help people return to a normal life,” he said. 
Resources for the aid will be arranged from the state’s disaster response fund and the state Budget. District magistrates of the five flood-affected have been asked to select beneficiaries, which will include those who have been rendered homeless, whose food reserve has been wiped out in the calamity and who do not possess any other means of support. Moreover, such persons should not be housed in relief camps, nor should they be receiving any other kind of monetary assistance. 
Meanwhile, with chief minister Mamata Banerjee expressing concern over the fact that victims housed in relief camps are not receiving the requisite amount of rice, the department recently urged district magistrates to ensure every person receives 400 grams of rice per day. 
The state government is providing disaster kits comprising items for shelter, clothing, utensils and food.