Maha: Hopefuls seeking aid from CM's relief fund allege delay

Mumbai, Nov 18 (PTI) Hopefuls seeking financial aidunder the Chief Minister's Relief Fund (CMRF) in Maharashtraare complaining that their applications are not gettingprocessed, which is causing them hardships.

Notably, Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari had onNovember 15 issued a Government Resolution (GR) resuming therelease of financial help under the CMRF, which was suspendedafter the model code of conduct for the October 21 assemblypolls had kicked in.

Dinesh Denge, a resident of Beed from Marathwadaregion, was one such hopeful seeking financial assistance formedical treatment of his uncle.

He claimed returning empty-handed on Monday.

'I have already submitted required documents seekingfunds for my uncle's heart-related treatment. Despite severalvisits and requests, my file is not cleared. There is no oneto inform us about whom to approach for the same. The officeof the CM Relief Fund is almost empty,' Denge said.

Similar claims were made by Suresh Bandi and SurekhaTelam from Mumbai.

The CMRF aims at providing immediate relief to peoplein distress. Besides providing financial assistance to thepeople hit by natural calamities like flood, drought, and fireaccident etc, it also grants funds to the economically-weakercitizens for treatment of some major diseases.

According to officials the disbursement under the CMRFwas suspended after the poll code came into force in lateSeptember.

The model code was lifted by the end of October, butthere was no clarity on resumption of disbursal.

As no political party could form a government even 19days after the poll results were declared on October 24, thestate was brought under President's Rule on November 12.

'The governor had issued an order (GR) on Friday toresume the operations of the office but despite that there wasno senior officer to accept and process the documents of theneedy,' officials said.

Mantralaya, the state secretariat in south Mumbai,wears a deserted look since the state was brought under theCentral Rule.

The staff of the ministers had been directed to handover the possession of offices to the administration. PTI NDNSKNSK NSK