'Centre's Cyclone Aid Inadequate' - The New Indian Express

'Centre's Cyclone Aid Inadequate'

Published: 21st January 2014 12:02 PM

Last Updated: 21st January 2014 12:07 PM

The Centre’s decision to sanction Rs 915 crore for the post-Phailin reconstruction measures has come in for sharp criticism from the state government, which described it as too little.

Terming the decision as unfortunate, Revenue and Disaster Management Minister Surya Narayan Patro said that the state government has already spent around Rs 1,500 crore for reconstruction work after increasing the corpus of the contingency fund. The government now needs more funds to provide compensation to the farmers whose crops were damaged in cyclone and subsequent floods in several districts.

The state government had submitted two memoranda to the Centre after Phailin and flood, seeking assistance of Rs 5,832 crore to carry out restoration work in calamity-hit areas. It had estimated a total loss of properties in Phailin and subsequent flood at Rs 21,766 crore.

The central team that visited the cyclone and flood affected areas had agreed to the state government’s projection of loss and assured that they would recommend to the Centre about the extensive losses, the minister said and added that the assistance announced by the Centre was very inadequate. The central assistance of Rs 915 crore to the state was announced on Sunday.

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