The delivery of four items of direct government tsunami relief package to affected families has shown an 80 percent progress up to February 7, according to the data received by the office of the Commissioner General of Essential Services (CGES) from the respective District Secretaries, Commissioner General of Essential Services said on Thursday.
`This is a marked improvement compared to the 30 per cent performance recorded a week earlier. The strengthening of the district, divisional and Grama Niladhari level administrative machinery by detailing additional staff and facilities and keeping the government offices and state institutions open on holidays and during the weekend following the intervention of President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga has resulted in this improved performance` the Commissioner General said.
The government in the second phase approved four emergency relief measures for affected families. This followed the successful performance of relief and rescue measures including co-ordinating rescue operations, clearing the debris, providing temporary accommodation to affected people, provision of food, clothing, medical services from international and local organisations in the first phase.
According to the statistics received by the CGES`s office, the Rs. 15,000 granted in respect of each dead member of a family has shown a progress up to 84 per cent by February 7. Out of the 21,952 claims received for this allowance 14,820 have been granted in the districts. Rs. 2,223,000 have been spent so far on this grant. Thousands of claims in respect of more dead people are yet to be forwarded by the relatives. While payments made for dead people outside the affected districts have not been accounted for in these statistics.
The CGES further said `The food package given to each member of the affected families every week on the special Tsunami Ration Card through the co-operative society outlets, 89 per cent progress has been recorded up to February 7. Under this scheme in addition to the payment of Rs. 200 in cash to each displaced person they are supplied with rice, flour, dhal, sugar etc worth Rs. 175. This total relief package worth Rs. 375 per person per week has been distributed to 807,553 individuals to date.
`The Rs. 2500 payment for each family resettling in their homes or elsewhere to buy kitchen utensils has been given to 62 per cent of the affected people according to available statistics. Details of certain districts have not been received in this regard. Besides there are yet many more in Welfare Centres who have yet to indicate their willingness to move out to be given this grant.
`As regards the Rs. 5000 granted to each family resettling in their own homes or any other place shows a 68.5 per cent progress. The total number of families who have received this grant is 1,74,730. This does not include the numbers receiving this relief in Jaffna, Vavuniya and Mullaitivu districts as the relevant statistics from those areas are yet to come`.
He said the Government expected a further improvement of the performance of distribution of relief benefits to cover the entirety of the affected people within the next few days.
`Apart from these emergency relief measures the Government is continuing with providing and channelling relief supplies and services provided by local and international organisations as well as other state institutions by way of food, clothing, consumer goods, health care, drinking water, medical services as well as rehabilitation and reconstruction efforts` he said.