Though the Uttarakhand government had declared financial assistance to the families of the victims of the flash floods in June, those in Maharashtra have received no help so far.
The families are upset over the indifferent attitude of the state governments of Maharashtra and Uttarakhand.
Chartered accountant Atul Modani, who lost nearly 17 persons in the tragedy, said, “The entire episode is so frustrating and upsetting. We have lost our loved ones and the government is least interested to help us.”
Modani said that though the Uttarakhand government claims to have rescued around 80,000 people, its website lists only 6,000 of them. “The casualty is huge. And government’s help never reached our family persons who were stuck at Rambada,” said Modani, adding that while they tried all possible ways to search them, the government restricted the aerial search operations.
“A group of 23 people of my family and relatives had gone for the yatra, out of which only six people have returned. They have not yet come to terms with life. Many died due to lack of food and water,” he said.
The Shah family who lost three of their family members in the tragedy, is still hopeful of their return. Kaushik Shah said, “How can we consider our relatives to be dead untill we get the bodies? We are still trying all possible ways to search them.”
“We are searching for our people and so far no government help has reached us,” he added.
Kartik Tayade, who lost 10 of his loved ones, said, “The Uttarakhand government had said that if they fail to trace the missing people within a month, they will be considered dead and financial assistance will be provided to their families. But so far, no help has reached us. We want news of our loved ones, we do not need money.”
He added that the government should use the amount in rescue operations instead as it has failed to reach the epicentre of the tragedy.
The Uttarakhand government had assured financial assistance to a deceased’s family.
Although there was no fixed amount to be given to the families, the government had decided to give Rs5 lakh as relief, including Rs2 lakh from the PM’s relief fund.
The Uttarakhand government had announced that 580 missing people were presumed dead. However, families allege that there is no explanation on how this figure was arrived at.