statesman news service
Bhubaneswar, 4 August
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik asked the collectors to act in a more humane manner and assist more number of deserving people out of the chief minister&’s relief fund (CMRF), while announcing that the best-performing districts will be awarded.
“I will be closely monitoring sanction of CMRF by collectors and sub-collectors and hope all of you put your best efforts to reach out and help maximum number of deserving people,” said Mr Patnaik.
He was interacting with the district officials here yesterday~ the first such interaction after the CMRF guidelines were simplified.
“Awards will be given to the top three best performing districts in implementation of the initiative,” he said.
Observing that the state government has delegated power to the collectors to sanction money out of CMRF, Mr Patnaik noted that the purpose is to extend assistance to the deserving persons immediately at the time of their need.
The collectors have been asked to recommend extremely deserving cases where more assistance is required to the CMO.
“The collectors and sub-collectors may utilise the fund also in their joint grievance hearing up to the best of their satisfaction on humanitarian grounds and also to take follow up action on news items where human intervention is required,” the CM said.
Harishandra Sahayatra,which aims at helping poor and distressed people to perform the last rights of their relatives, Mr Patnaik informed that it will be implemented from 15 August.
Funds to the tune of Rs 20,000, Rs 60,000, Rs 1 lakh and Rs 3 lakh will be placed with the gram panchayats, NACs, municipalities and municipal corporations respectively per year. The respective heads of the bodies will decide the deserving poor and destitute persons for financial assistance under the scheme. While the sarpanchs can sanction assistance between Rs 1,000 and Rs 2,000, the chairpersons and mayors can sanction amounts between Rs 1,000 and Rs 3,000.
“The general administration department will issue operational guidelines by 6 August and place funds with panchayati raj, and housing and urban development departments so that the funds can reach the bodies by 12 August,” said Mr Patnaik.