The High Level Committee (HLC) under the chairmanship of the Union Home Minister Amit Shah has approved additional Central assistance under the National Disaster Response Fund (NDRF) to six states, which were affected by cyclone, floods and landslides during this year, the Ministry of Home Affairs said in a statement on Friday (13 November).
The committee has approved additional Central assistance of Rs 4,381.88 crore to six states - Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Sikkim, West Bengal, Odisha, Maharashtra - from the National Disaster Response Fund.
As per the statement, For cyclone ‘Amphan’, Rs 2,707.77 crore has been approved for West Bengal and Rs 128.23 crore for Odisha.
Rs 268.59 crore has been approved for Maharashtra which was hit by cyclone Nisarga.
For floods and landslides during the South-West monsoon, Rs 577.84 crore has been approved for Karnataka, Rs 611.61 crore for Madhya Pradesh, and Rs 87.84 crore for Sikkim.
In the aftermath of cyclone ‘Amphan’, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had visited the affected States of West Bengal and Odisha on 22 May 2020. As announced by the Prime Minister, financial assistance of Rs 1,000 crore to West Bengal and Rs 500 crore to Odisha were released, in advance, on 23 May 2020 for immediate relief activities in these states, the statement said.
In addition, PM Modi had also announced Rs 2 lakh ex-gratia for the next of kin of the dead and Rs 50,000 for the injured, which was over and above the ex-gratia provided through the State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF) and the NDRF.
In all the six States, the central government had deputed Inter-Ministerial Central Teams (IMCTs) immediately after the calamities, without waiting for the receipt of memorandum from the affected state governments, it said.
Till date, the central government has released Rs 15,524.43 crore to 28 states from the SDRF during the financial year 2020-21, the statement added.
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