ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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KALAHANDI-Political and Other Sharks

it is important to be clear about how the custodian will dispose of the funds it receives on behalf of the claimants. Are amounts supposed to have been spent by the centre and the state government' on relief and rehabilitation of the victims to be deducted first before the claims to compensation can be considered? If so, should it not be spelled out clearly what is deductible and what is not? Otherwise, there is a serious danger of all types of government expenditure with only the remotest of link to the disaster being shown as deductible. But in all fairness, why should any expenditure incurred by governments, central or state, on relief at all be allowed to be deducted, particularly when the total amount of compensation which the government of India has agreed upon is so very inadequate? Why not deem the government's claim as the last charge, if at all the claim merits any consideration?

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