Dehradun: The death certificate will soon be issued to the families of those missing in the disaster that occurred in Chamoli on February 7. Following the guidelines received from the Center in this regard, the Uttarakhand government has also issued a notification. 204 people are still missing in the Chamoli disaster. Of these, 70 bodies have been recovered, while 134 people are still missing. To search for them, the search operation has been going on continuously for the last 16 days at the Rishiganga and Dhauliganga basins of Chamoli as well as at the Tapovan tunnel and barrage site. Now the government has issued a notification to declare all these 134 people dead.
The state government had written a letter to the Center to declare the missing people dead, so that the standards were relaxed. Under this, the idea was to declare the missing people as soon as possible, so that timely relief money could be distributed to their families. For this, SDM has been authorized in all the districts in Uttarakhand, while the District Magistrate will be the Appellate Officer.
The relatives of the missing people will have to file a report in their native district with a notarial affidavit of missing or death. From where this report will come to Chamoli district administration. Similarly, if people of other states or people of other districts have filed a missing report in the disaster affected area of Chamoli, then the authorized officer in the affected area will send this report to the SDM of the concerned district for investigation. After getting the investigation report from there, the death certificate will be issued.
Let us tell you that in such cases there is a provision to declare a missing person dead after seven years under the Central Disaster Management Act. But at the request of the state government, the Center has given the green signal to relax it. In the disaster of 2013, in the same calamity, the missing people were declared dead.
In Chamoli glacier accident, 140 people were hit by the power project located in Tapovan of NTPC. NTPC has announced a compensation of 20 lakh each to the families of all these people. Many families have been given this compensation. Apart from this, the state government has announced Rs 4 lakh and the Center has announced Rs 2 lakh from the Prime Minister’s Relief Fund.