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Government of Kerala has sanctioned financial assistance for the kith and kin of those who died in the Tsunami tragedy @Rs.1,00,000/- for the deceased adult and Rs.50,000/- for the deceased child and deposited the same in the bank accounts on the names of the legal heirs of the deceased by 30/12/2004. Additionally, Rs.10,000/- was released as funeral expenses.

The Hon’ble Prime Minister of India, Dr. Manmohan Singh has handed over 5 such passbooks to the kith and kin of the deceased during his visit to the affected area on 31/12/2004. The kith and kin of the deceased could draw the money on production of legal heirship certificate from appropriate authority. State Government have reduced the statutory notice period required for issuing legal heirship certificate from 30 days to 5 days, by considering these cases as special cases, in order to enable the legal heirs to draw the compensation amount without delay from the bank.

Government have also announced financial assistance for the injured persons @Rs.5000/- for those who suffered simple injuries and @Rs.25,000/- to those who suffered loss of limbs or eyes. Government of India have sanctioned an uniform amount of Rs.1,00,000/- to the kith and kin of the deceased. Government have also distributed free ration to all those affected by the Tsunami attack directly and indirectly from 30/12/2004 to 2/04/2005. However, those in the relief camps were not given free ration as long as they stayed in the relief camps as they were given food from the common kitchen.

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