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Center Approves Rs 4,382 CR for Disaster Assistance to 6 States | India News


NEW DELHI: A high-level committee, headed by Union Interior Minister Amit Shah, approved the delivery of nearly 4,382 million rupees to six states as central assistance for the natural calamities they faced this year.
The funds will be delivered to West Bengal, Odisha, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Sikkim as assistance for damage caused by cyclones, floods and landslides during the year.
The high-level committee approved additional central assistance of 4,381.88 million rupees to six states from the National Disaster Response Fund (NDRF), according to a statement from the Interior Ministry.
For cyclone ‘Amphan’, 2,707.77 million rupees have been approved for West Bengal and 128.23 million rupees for Odisha. For cyclone ‘Nisarga’, Rs 268.59 crore was approved for Maharashtra.
For floods and landslides during the southwest monsoon, Rs 577.84 crore was approved for Karnataka, Rs 611.61 crore for Madhya Pradesh and Rs 87.84 crore for Sikkim.
Following cyclone ‘Amphan’, Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited the affected states of West Bengal and Odisha on May 22.
As announced by the prime minister, financial assistance of Rs 1 billion was released on May 23 for West Bengal and Rs 500 million for Odisha for immediate relief activities in the two states.
In addition, the Prime Minister had also announced Rs 2 lakh ex-gratia for the relatives of the dead and Rs 50,000 for the injured, which was above the ex-gratia provided through the State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF). and the NDRF, the statement said.
In all six states, the central government had delegated Central Inter-Ministerial Teams (IMCT) immediately after the calamities, without waiting for the receipt of the memorandum from the affected states.
Furthermore, during the 2020-21 financial year, to date, the central government has released Rs 15,524.43 crore to 28 states from the SDRF, the statement added.

Times of India