HC relief for tsunami victim of Campbell Bay

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Port Blair
25 Sep 2017

In a big relief to a tsunami victim of remote Great Nicobar island, the Calcutta High Court has directed the UT Administration to disburse compensation for submerged land in favour of one T.Vindhan within three months. Disposing of the writ petition earlier this month, Justice Rajiv Sharma directed the Principal Secretary, Relief and Rehabilitation, to release the amount of compensation as per the orders passed by the Lok  Adalat and the recommendations made by the Deputy Commissioner within a period of three months if there is no other legal impediment.
The petitioner, T.Vindhan, was tenure holder of the land bearing survey No.10, 207 and 208 situated at Vijay Nagar, Campbell Bay, which got submerged in the tsunami disaster of 2004. The revenue authorities after examination of the relevant documents had opined that the claim of the petitioner was genuine and recommended payment of compensation as per the scheme of the Union Government. Subsequently, the matter was referred to the Lok Adalat.
After taking all relevant facts and documents into consideration, the Lok Adalat gave the view that the dispute has already been resolved and there has been a recommendation by the Tehsildar, Campbell Bay to release the compensation amount, so another date may be fixed for payment of the compensation amount. In view of the fact that the compensation case is pending for consideration before Deputy Commissioner, Car Nicobar, the applicant was directed to meet the Deputy Commissioner, Car Nicobar for settlement of the claim. Thereafter on 27th March, 2017, the Assistant Commissioner (HQ), Car Nicobar passed an order communicating T.Vindhan that the monetary compensation of Rs 34,80,404/- will be paid to him once requisite funds are received from the Andaman and Nicobar Administration. But despite the orders of the Lok Adalat      and Assistant Commissioner (HQ), Car Nicobar, the the Principal Secretary, Relief and Rehabilitation did not release the compensation in favour of the petitioner, who preferred a writ before the High Court.