Chandigarh

UT amends Chandigarh Victim Assistance Scheme-2012 to speed up assistance

Punjab News Express.Y.S.Rana
CHANDIGARH: The Chandigarh Administration has incorporate two amendments in the UT of Chandigarh Victim Assistance Scheme-2012 by issuing two notifications. The attempt of the Administration seems to speed up the disbursement of assistance to victims under various categories.

the Chandigarh Administration has amended the UT of Chandigarh Victim Assistance Scheme-2012 vide its notification No HIII (2)-20160559 dated May 4, 2016 and operation of funds has been assigned to the Member Secretary, State Legal Services Authority (SLSA), Chandigarh in place of the collector/deputy commissioner, Chandigarh. From now all quantum of assistance to the victims will be released by the member secretary from SLSA's account.

In the first amendment, Clause 3 of the Victim Assistance Scheme-2012 has amended and the fund shall be operated by the Member Secretary, SLSA, Chandigarh in place of the collector/deputy commissioner of Chandigarh. In compliance to this notification the DC office in a process to transfer the balance amount to the account of SLSA, said the official of the deputy commissioner's office.

While talking to member secretary, SLSA, Chandigarh admitted that disbursement powers have been given to him but still the amount has not been transferred to their account. He further said that vide another notification No HIII(2)-2016-27524 dated September 27, 2016, the Administration has amended Clasue 12 of Victim Assistance Scheme-2012 and fixed minimum 'quantum of assistance' to victims under various categories.

In case of acid attack, rape and human trafficking minimum amount of compensation of Rs 10 lakhs in each casewill be given, he said. sical abuse of minor; permanent disability (80 per cent or more) and death each victim would get Rs 2 lakh, he said and added that women victim of cross border firing would get Rs 2 lakh in case of death or disability of 80 per cent or more and Rs 1 lakh in case of partial disability.

With this development, he said that the authority would require more funds and he was going to write to the Chandigarh Administration to move more funds. He also asserted that his effort would be to pay the compensation to the victims without delay. EOM

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