Hyderabad: Municipal Administration and Urban Development Minister KT Rama Rao assured that the financial aid of Rs.10,000 would be extended to each of the rain-affected families.
The complaints of some residents over the delay and non-receipt of financial aid have come to the notice of the government, the Minister said. “If required, the exercise of distributing financial aid will be extended for few more days to ensure each family gets the aid,” said Rao.
Already, the GHMC officials have identified the affected families and the financial aid was distributed to many families, providing timely help. If any of the affected families were yet to get the financial aid, all measures would be taken to extend the same in the next few days, he said.
The Minister said Telangana government was committed to extend financial aid to each family. The Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao has given specific instructions to ensure that each family gets financial aid, he said.
The Minister said he would review the financial aid distribution exercise with GHMC and other departments on Sunday and initiate measures accordingly.
Earlier, mild tension prevailed at different GHMC offices in the city on Saturday after residents from a few rain-affected areas staged protests demanding distribution of the financial aid of Rs 10,000 promised by the State government.
As part of the protests, the victims squatted on the road in different areas, blocking traffic in some areas as well. At the Uppal GHMC Office, many flood-affected people gathered in large numbers and attempted to lay siege to the office. Sensing trouble, the police reached the spot and prevented the protesters from barging into the office.
One person, later identified as Venkatesh, made a suicide attempt by trying to set himself ablaze in front of the residence of Amberpet MLA K Venkatesh during the protest. Police personnel present at the spot thwarted his attempt and shifted him to a hospital.
Residents from Prem Nagar, Patel Nagar and neighbouring areas, staged a sit-in protest in front of Amberpet corporator P Jagan’s residence.
Many residents alleged that they did not receive the financial aid. Similar protests were witnessed at Karmanghat, Rajendranagar, Abids and the Secunderabad GHMC office too.
Distribution suspended on Thursday
The GHMC suspended the distribution of the financial aid since Thursday following allegations over the distribution process from various quarters. Instructions were issued to Deputy Commissioners to submit the details of the relief distribution and to hand over the balance cash to the respective zonal commissioners by Saturday.
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