Ex-gratia assistance / ଅନୁଗ୍ରହ ରାଶି
Snakebite (other than during flood) has been declared as a State Specific disaster in Odisha by the Government of Odisha. (https://srcodisha.nic.in/about_organization.php)
When a person died of snakebite, the Next of Keen is entitled to get Rs 4 Lakhs as an Ex-gratia assistance. (https://srcodisha.nic.in/exgratia-assistance.php)
The Special Relief Organization headed by the Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) gives Rs. 4 Lakhs to the NOKs of the snakebite victim.
The ex-gratia payment system is done in a transparent manner by the SRC through the DAMPS (Disaster Assistance Monitoring & Payment System)
Snakebite (Other than during flood) included in specific disaster in Odisha
Rs. 4 Lakhs is given on each death caused by snakebite
How to get the ex-gratia?
Common public must know the procedures to get the ex-gratia for snakebite deaths. We explain the procedure in a simple manner for the benefit of the common man.
1st step – Take the snakebite victim to the nearest hospital, and follow the medical advice.
2nd step – Inform the local Police Station, because snakebite is an MLC (Medico Legal Case). (This is generally done by the medical officer on duty at the causality).
3rd step – If the snakebite victim dies in the hospital or enroute hospital, ensure Post Mortem (PM) examination of the dead body. Without PM no ex-gratia can be claimed.
4thstep– Simultaneously inform the local Revenue Inspector (RI) about the snakebite death within 24 hrs. The RI then sends a preliminary report to the local Tehsildar through the DAMPS on the same day. The Tehsildar then sends his/her report to the concerned Collectorate.
5thstep – After the PM findings confirms the cause of death due to snakebite, submit the same to the RI.
6th step – The RI verifies the documents and goes for on the field inspection.
7th step – The RI checks with the neighbor of the snakebite death victim about the incident and/or with the local public representative.
8th step – The RI submits the final report with PM report, Police UD case no. etc. to the Tehsildar. The NOK is crucial here. The RI identifies and attaches the bank details the NOK.
9th step – The Tehsildar sends his final report to the Collectorate within time bound limit.
10th step – The sanctioning authority then submits the file to the office of SRC.
11th step – The SRC after verifying the facts sends Rs. 4 Lakhs to the bank account of the NOK of the snakebite death victim through online transfer.
Post mortem is mandatory
Growing no. of snakebite deaths is a concern in Odisha
Source – State Disaster Management Plan – 2019,
Odisha State Disaster Management Authority (OSDMA),
Government of Odisha
- The entire process normally takes as minimum time as possible to sanction the Ex-gratia amount.
- Therefore, to get the Ex-gratia assistance of Rs. 4 Lakhs the 1st important thing to conduct the mandatory Post Mortem examination to ascertain the cause of death. The next is to inform the RI within 24 hrs. of the death.