Centre Flayed for Cut in Drought Assistance

Published: 17th February 2016 04:23 AM  |   Last Updated: 17th February 2016 04:23 AM   |  A+A-

BHUBANESWAR: Ahead of the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Bargarh on February 21 to address a farmers’ rally, the ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) has mounted a scathing attack on the Centre over its decision to cut Rs 214.48 crore drought assistance it had announced for Odisha.

BJD spokesperson and former minister Pratap Keshari Deb said the Union Home Ministry has informed the State Government in a letter on January 22, 2016 that it will adjust Rs 214.48 crore from the State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF) of the Rs 815 crore drought assistance announced by it last year. The Centre will provide drought assistance of Rs 600.52 crore.

Special Relief Commissioner PK Mohapatra said the State Government had already written a protest letter and requested the Centre to restore the full drought assistance announced by it earlier.


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