Minister for revenue N Raghuveera Reddy has instructed officials to take steps for payment of ex gratia to victim's families under the Apathbandhu scheme within 15 days.
The minister gave this instructions at a meeting held with disaster maintenance and insurance officials in his chamber at the Secretariat on Wednesday to review the implementation of the scheme.
He chided official for delay in sending proposals to insurance companies for payment of ex gratia. Proposals should reach revenue divisional officers within 24 hours and RDOs should make payment to victim's family in one week. In case of delay, penalty would be collected from the officials concerned, minister said. In the last nine months, officials forwarded to insurance officials just 811 of the 4,500 proposals received, he noted and called for speedy clearance of pending proposals.
The minister appealed to insurance officials to evolve guidelines on payment ex gratia under the Apathbandhu scheme to the families of those who die in other states. At present, insurance companies do not pay ex gratia to the families of those die other states though they hailed from Andhra Pradesh.