No Invite to Odisha at Drought Meet

Last year when both Andhra Pradesh and Odisha were asked to present their views in the meeting after cyclone Hud Hud.

Published: 31st December 2015 05:51 AM  |   Last Updated: 31st December 2015 05:51 AM   |  A+A-

BHUBANESWAR:  The subpanel  of National Executive Committee (NEC) reportedly met at New Delhi on Wednesday to discuss the report submitted by the Inter-Ministerial Central team which visited the State  to take stock of the grim drought situation. However,  none from the Odisha Government was invited  to the meeting. This is a departure from the last  year when both Andhra Pradesh and Odisha were asked to present their views in  the meeting after cyclone Hud Hud struck the eastern coast of India. The two States had delivered presentations and placed  demands of the respective Governments. However, this year, none  from Odisha was invited to be present at the meeting, sources said. Interestingly,  the Central team’s report too has not been shared  with the State this time, unlike last year. The NEC sub-panel’s recommendations will soon be  presented to the High Level Committee which comprises  Union Home Secretary, Finance Secretary, Agriculture Secretary  and deputy chief of Niti Aayog.

No Invite.jpg The Ministry of Home Affairs will then take the final call on the assistance to be announced.  The State Government  had, initially, placed an interim relief  of `1687 crore for drought mitigation assistance. Later, an  additional assistance of `511 crore was sought. “Last year, Odisha was invited to the NEC panel meeting and  the latter was also sympathetic to the concern.  Later, the permissible expenditure limit was raised from `125  crore to `131 crore. This year, the State has not been represented at  all which is surprising,” the sources  added. On Tuesday,the Centre reportedly cleared drought assistance for Madhya Pradesh and  Maharashtra but bypassed Odisha.


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