Lucknow, 08 April (HS) : The Yogi Adityanath Government of Uttar Pradesh has decided to implement the e-Kuber system of RBI to disburse government funds directly to the payee’s bank account in times of natural disasters like flood, drought, hailstorms, excess rain, lightning, etc. According to a spokesperson of the state Government the system will ease the Government transactions and improve transparency and efficiency.
The spokesperson said that in order to facilitate quick and hassle-free Government assistance and to put an end to the struggle of common people in getting monetary relief in times of natural disasters, CM Yogi has issued instructions to the Department of Revenue to implement the e-kuber system at the earliest. The system would also overcome payment delays and eliminate risk of paper vouchers being lost in transit.
The transfer of disaster relief amount is currently being done at the district level only. Under the manual procedure, after getting notified of the details of the incident, the account of loss is recorded by the Lekhpal , which is then sent to the District Magistrate for payment of tax approved by the Revenue Inspector, Naib Tehsildar, Tehsildar and the SDM. Following which, the payment at the district level is released by Treasury through DDO.
The process involves unnecessary delays in providing relief to the victim because of the lengthy paperwork, whereas, there is also lack of transparency as there is no method to keep a check on how many times the same person has received the fund.
Apart from this, the victims are even deprived of the right to file a claim directly. To deal with the current scenario, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has emphasized on adopting the e-Kuber DBT system which is aimed at overcoming the shortcomings of the existing system and elimination of delays in transmission of funds to the actual beneficiaries, the spokesperson said.
He says that in the first phase, all types of agricultural investment grants will be transferred online, while in the second phase, relief funds in cases of loss of life, property and livelihood because of natural disasters will also be transferred online. The Revenue Department will be the first in the state to implement the e-Kuber system, he added.
e-Kuber to provide financial assistance in times of these disasters
The spokesperson informs that e-kuber will facilitate quick transfer of government aid in cases of floods, droughts, fire outbreaks, hailstorms, fog and cold waves, cloudbursts, earthquakes, tsunamis, cyclones, landslides, pest attacks, avalanche, unseasonal heavy rainfall, celestial lightning, thunderstorms, heat strokes, boat accidents, snakebite, sewer cleaning, gas leakage and in cases of wild animal attack.
Features of e-Kuber
– The bill can be directly generated online by the department in half an hour through e-Kuber.
-If the money is not transferred to the beneficiary’s account due to any reason, the amount remains in the Treasury.
– There is no unnecessary park in the bank.
– Fail transactions can be checked under the e-Kuber system
-Through e-Kuber, a digital database of the relief recipients will be prepared for quick assistance monitoring from DBT to the beneficiary.
– Digital solution for delays in traditional manual systems
-Complete Financial accountability with absolute transparency
Fixed fund for Relief Assistance
– ₹ 4.00 Lakh ex-gratia to the family of the deceased
– ₹ 6,800 to ₹ 18,000 per hectare as agricultural investment grant
– ₹ 3000 to ₹ 30, 000 for dead animals
– ₹ 4,100 to ₹ 95,100 for damaged houses
– ₹ 59,100 to ₹ 2 Lakh on physical disability
– ₹ 4,300 to ₹ 12,700 upon hospitalization
– ₹ 3,800 for utensils & household items