Maharashtra staff Uttarakhand-bound to certify missing persons

Thursday, 5 December 2013 - 11:50am IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: DNA

The state will soon send officials from the Disaster Management Unit to Uttarakhand to clear confusion, coordinate and ensure that the death certificates are issued to all the 166 missing from the state.

There has been uncertainty over the number of people missing in the Uttarakhand floods.

However, the Uttarakhand government about two months ago released a list of 4,120 persons missing, of which 165 have been from state.

According to the state disaster management department, the number of people missing from Maharashtra totals to 165 besides one more person from Mumbai has been added to the list.

“There was some confusion about the 166th person missing as the family members had approached the Uttarakhand government directly. Therefore, we had no idea about this person,” said the official.

“As a matter of procedure, no death certificate is issued until the passage of seven years in case of missing persons. In this case, the central government has made an exception considering the circumstances of the disaster and the practical difficulties of finding their bodies or identifying them with tools such as DNA matching etc,” the official added.

Until the certificate is issued by the Uttarakhand government, compensation will not be granted to the family by the Uttarakhand government. “We are sending officials from to Uttarakhand.

Following which, the District Magistrate of the home district of the missing person will co-ordinate with the District Magistrate where the person may have gone missing in Uttarakhand. Once the co-ordination and procedures are followed, then a certificate will be issued by their state government for the victim. Once the death certificate is issued, then the compensation too would be given,” said the official.

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