Disaster Management Section

#No Name of Staff/ officers Designation
1 Saiontan Mukherjee Samity Education Officer


Overview Of The Scheme
Name of the Scheme West Bengal Ex-gratia Scheme.
Benefits One time Financial assistance to the diseases family who was died due to Natural calamity (Lightning, Drowning), Snakebite, Accidental fire & Covid-19.
Amount of Assistance
  • Rs. 2,00,000/- to the decease family who was died due to Lightning, Drowning, &Accidental fire.
  • Rs. 1,00,000/- to decease family who was died due to Snakebite.
  • Rs. 50,000/- to decease family who was died due to Covid-19.
Nodal Agency Department of Disaster Management & Civil Defence,
Government of West Bengal.
Mode of Apply Offline & Online

Introduction :-

  • The application will be submitted to the BDO in rural area, to the SDO in municipal area, and the commissioner of KMC .
  • The Department of Disaster Management & Civil Defence  will be responsible for the operation of this scheme.
  • The main objective behind starting this scheme is to provide one time financial assistance to the decease family member who lost their family member due to natural calamity.
  • Under the Ex-Gratia Scheme, one time financial assistance of Rs 2,00,000/- will be given to the family member of deceases family who was died due to Lightning & Drowning .
  • Under the scheme financial assistance of Rs. 1,00,000/- will be given to family member of deceases family who was died due to Snakebite .
  • Under the scheme financial assistance of Rs. 50,000/- will be given to family member of deceases family who was died due to Covid-19 .
  • The only way to apply for the scheme is through Application Form.(Online & Offline)

Eligibility Criteria :-

  • The deceases’ person should be a resident of West Bengal.
  • Post Mortem & Police report is mandatory for this scheme .

Documents Required :-

  • Application Copy
  • Attested copy of Post Mortem Report.
  • Attested copy of Death Certificate.
  • Attested copy of All documents of deceased person.
  • Attested copy of All documents of Applicant.
  • Attested copy of Bank Passbook of Applicant.
  • Legal hair Certificate of concerned authority.
  • No Objection Certificate.
  • Written statement of a prominent person of that area.

Covid-19 Ex-gratia :-

How to Apply :-

  • The application will be submitted to the BDO in rural area, to the SDO in municipal area, and the commissioner of KMC .
  • The only way to apply for Ex-gratia scheme is through Offline & Offline/Online mode for Covid-19 death benefit.
  • Online application site for Covid-19 is wbdmd.gov.in.


History of Department of Disaster Management: Learning through experience has taught mankind to evolve systems of irrigation, animal husbandry, distress relief, self defence, etc. Distress relief is inbuilt within person. Hence Kings and emperors lost no time during the ancient and medieval periods of the Indian history to strive for ameliorating the lots of their subjects suffering from want of food. There are references galore to show that rulers in all times till the advent of the British Rule, left no stone unturned to provide relief to the famine – stricken people of their kingdom. But whether the rulers of those periods did ever institute any commission for enquiring into the causes of famine and prepare any contingency plan for distress relief is not known. The Britishers, to cover up lapses of their bad governance, constituted four famine commissions and one Irrigation Commission between 1866 and 1900. A Famine Code was devised in 1883. The Bengal Famine Code was prepared in 1913 and the Bengal Famine Manual in 1941 in which steps were codified to provide relief from famine to keep the body and soil together of the natives. After independence, with democratic governments at the State and Central levels, relief become one of the main agenda of good governance. Initially, relief was a subject of the Department of Food, Relief and Supplies in West Bengal. This Department published one manual titled Relief of Distress in 1953 superseding the Bengal Famine Code, 1913 and the Bengal Famine Manual, 1941 for administration of relief conforming to the plans and policies of a welfare State. The importance attached by the State Government on rescue, relief and rehabilitation matters will be inferred from the fact that a full-fledged Department of Relief was formed in 1992. Disaster related thoughts have undergone a thorough change all over world. Meanwhile there has been a paradigm shift from relief centric approach to a comprehensive disaster management approach. The central government has promulgated the “Disaster Management Act, 2005” and keeping with the change the department was rechristened as the Department of Disaster Management in 2006.

Departmental set-up has been created in all the Districts, Sub-Division and Blocks of the state. West Bengal is the only state in the country where this departmental structure exists in all tiers of the administration. The department works under the leadership of the Block Dev. Officer in the blocks, Sub-Divisional officer in the Sub-Division and the District Magistrate in the Districts. The major activities of the department includes pre-disaster preparation for relief and rehabilitation, storing of tarpaulins, clothing and other relief articles, construction of multi-purpose shelter for the community in the flood and cyclone-prone areas, providing one time grant for economic rehabilitation of the people in BPL list under different schemes either under small trade or sewing machine, distributing Rice/wheat to the destitute and poorest persons throughout the year.

At present the activities of the department has spread to wider areas. Under the Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) programme, disaster risk mapping and preparedness, vulnerability mapping, providing practical ideas to reduce disaster risk in development planning, capacity building of the vulnerable communities through continuous training are some of the important activities that the department undertakes.