What is NDMA ?
The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), headed by the Prime Minister is the apex body for Disaster Management in India. Setting up of NDMA and the creation of an
enabling environment for institutional mechanisms at the State and District levels is mandated by the Disaster Management Act, 2005. NDMA is mandated to lay down the policies, plans and guidelines for Disaster Management. India envisions the development of an ethos of Prevention, Mitigation, Preparedness and Response.
Why the demand for 4 lakhs compensation? ?
Covid19 was declared as a disaster under the NDMA. Under National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), set up under the National Disaster Management Act, 2005, makes provision for surviving family of the deceased due to disaster for compensation. The Government of India, on 14 th of March, 2020 notified an order (33-4/2020-NDM-1) issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs, and made a commitment to disburse ex gratia payment of Rs. 4 lakhs per deceased. But later revised this notification and reduced the ex-gratia payment to Rs. 50,000. We feel at such times of distress it is imperative that Government takes all steps to fulfill its commitment towards its citizen and pay 4 lakhs compensation. The Government has argued that giving 4 lakhs as compensation would leave the government with insufficient capital to deal with COVID-19 itself. We believe that if the Government has sufficient money to waive of taxes of large Corporates, especially of a chosen few, spend 8,500 crores to buy Aeroplanes for himself, allocate funds for Central Vista project, then it has to make provision to put money back in the pockets of the poor and deprived citizens of this country. Every year the Government collects lakhs of crores of money as taxes from the citizen. In the last one year, the Government has collected over 4 lakh crores as taxes from the rising price of petrol and diesel alone. It is from these taxes that the Government is duty bound to take care of the citizen. The provision of compensation is not a free gift, but a legitimate right of the citizen who have faced loss and needs help to stand back on their feet.