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Cash for Uttarakhand flood victims’ kin

Calcutta, Dec. 5: The Bengal government today received Rs 98 lakh from the Uttarakhand government and the Centre as compensation for the next of kin of 28 tourists presumed dead in the June floods.

The Uttarakhand government considered the 28 tourists under the “presumed dead” category, which allows for compensation within a few months instead of the seven years applicable in cases of missing persons.

According to government records, 38 tourists from Bengal are missing since the Uttarakhand floods. The Bengal government sent to the central and Uttarakhand governments documents identifying 28 of them. The documents related to the remaining 10 will be submitted soon, officials said.

“The Uttarakhand government has paid Rs 1.5 lakh in compensation for the next of kin of each of the missing tourists while the Centre has given Rs 2 lakh. The compensation cheques will be handed over soon,” a senior official at Nabanna said.

The resident commissioner of Bengal in Delhi, Bhaskar Khulbe, today came to Nabanna and collected documents related to the 10 tourists.

“He will submit the papers at the earliest. We will try to ensure that the next of kin of the 10 victims get the relief as early as possible,” an official said in Calcutta.