statesman news service
Dehradun, 21 July
The Uttarakhand government would give Rs 5 lakh relief to the families of all those who have gone missing in the recent disaster.
Secretary, Disaster Management, Mr Bhaskaranand confirmed that the Government Order has been issued and regulations received from the Centre.
 As per official records, so far, around 5,748 people have been reported as missing of which 921 are from Uttarakhand while others are from Uttar Pradesh.
Many have also gone missing from Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Gujarat and Kolkata.
Of the Rs 5 lakh, Rs 2 lakh would be from the Prime Minister’s relief fund, Rs 1.5 lakh from the Chief Minister`s relief fund while the rest from NDRF .
Earlier, the Uttarakhand government was supposed to provide Rs 5 lakh only to the 921 missing people of the state while Rs 3.5 lakh to
others.
But now, as per the new set of rules issued by the Centre, the Uttarakhand government would be giving Rs 5 lakh to all those missing.
The rules would be sent to the other states as well.
The state government has not received the last list from other states declaring the status of those missing yet. The states are required to send the final list on the format decided upon by the Uttarakhand government. The Union government has released Rs 250 crore in one installment for disaster relief in the state. The Uttarakhand government however has given Rs 233 crore to all the districts for speedy relief work.’
Tragedy struck Uttarakhand on 15 June.