Reported by Ranjan Rath
Koraput, Nov 6:
After visiting some villages ravaged by Cyclone Hudhud in Odisha’s Koraput district, an eight-member fact finding team has urged the state government to provide immediate relief to the affected people.
The team, comprising Bidyut Mohanty, Secretary Spread& member of Odisha Khadya Adhikar Abhiyan, Ramakrishna Surdeo, trainer in development, Pravin Patel, national convener, Forum for Fast Justice and former director, Tribal Welfare Society, Sarat Patnaik of Koraput Farmers Association, Sukhram Gadanga, member of Machhkund Basachyuta Sangha, Siba Sankar Dip,tribal local youth from Hatibari gram panchayat of Nandpur block, Subash Khila, tribal youth from Pantlung Panchayat area of Nandpur block and tribal youth Krushna Chandra Sagar, during its visit to Podaguda and Subdub villages in Nandapur block, took stock of the extent of damage caused by Hudhud.
The team, after conducting a detailed survey, later submitted a list of recommendations to the state government.
For short-term measures, the committee recommended relief of rice/raggi of one month ration to those families who have lost their food stocks; supply of good polythene/ tarpaulin for damaged houses as winter has already set in; crop damage assessment should include the crops grown on forestland by the landless, small and marginal farmers and due compensation to these families.
Besides, it also recommended that the damaged houses should be included under Indira Awas Yojana and Mo Kudia schemes within two months.
The MGNREGS work should be taken up immediately for restoration of livelihood- particularly on land development, land restoration, removing the sand from the sand cast agricultural fields, forest land and revenue land where people have applied for rights but not got them yet, the committee said in its recommendations.
The committee also recommended seed and other support to affected farmers in areas where there is perennial stream irrigation for Rabi and Kharif crops.
The long-term plans, suggested by the committee are – formulation of a plan for disaster risk reduction in the hilly regions, cyclone and earth quake resistant shelter homes in each gram panchayat and making all government buildings including schools, ICDS centres, and panchayat offices cyclone and earthquake resistant.