Odisha CM hikes ex-gratia for cyclone ‘Titli’ deaths
Bhubaneswar: Odisha government on Wednesday hiked the ex-gratia for the family members of those who died in cyclonic storm ‘Titli’ recently.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik increased the compensation from Rs 4 lakh to Rs 10 lakh each. Besides, he directed officials to provide pucca houses to all those who have lost their homes in the cyclone. The houses will be provided under the Biju Pucca Ghar Yojana. Patnaik’s announcement came during his visit to cyclone-hit Ganjam and Gajapati districts.
The Chief Minister also visited Barghara village in Gajapati district, where at least 15 persons died due to a landslide following incessant rain triggered by cyclone ‘Titli’ on October 11, and announced that all the 76 families residing on the hill will be identified and rehabilitated at areas near the hill.
According to official sources, the families will be provided with pucca houses under the Biju Pucca Ghar Yojana on a land of 4 decimals and the relief work in the locality will continue till their rehabilitation.
The CM also distributed ‘patta’ to the beneficiaries and said that the State Government will take care of children who lost their parents in the mishap.
Chief Secretary AP Padhi today confirmed that 52 persons have died in the state due to the cyclone-related incidents. As per preliminary estimate, property worth Rs 2,200 crore have been damaged, he added.