Centre approves Rs 3,113 cr aid to 5 states hit by natural calamities in 2020

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Aftermath of cyclone 'Nivar' in Tamil Nadu (File photo)

New Delhi (NVI): The high level committee (HLC), led by Union Home Minister Amit Shah has approved additional assistance of Rs 3,113.05 crore from the National Disaster Risk Management Fund (NDRMF) to five states, which were affected by floods, cyclones and pest attack last year.

According to an official statement, the committee will release the fund to Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Madhya Pradesh under the National Disaster Response Fund (NDRF).

Approving to the additional assistance, Shah said the Union Government under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi has resolved to help the people of Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Madhya Pradesh who braved these natural disasters.

“For floods during South West Monsoon-2020, Rs 280.78 crore has been approved to Andhra Pradesh, Rs 1,255.27 crore to Bihar and Rs 1,280.18 crore for Pest Attack during Kharif-2020 to Madhya Pradesh,” said a statement by Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA).

“For cyclone ‘Nivar -2020’, Rs 63.14 crore has been approved to Tamil Nadu, while for cyclone ‘Burevi-2020’ the State gets Rs 223.77 crore. The Union Territory of Puducherry will get Rs 9.91 crore for cyclone Nivar,” it added.

In addition, the government said it has released Rs 19,036.43 crore to 28 States from the State Disaster Risk Management Fund (SDRMF) and Rs 4,409.71 crore to 11 States from NDRMF during the financial year 2020-21 so far.

Meanwhile, the Central Government had deputed Inter-Ministerial Central Teams (IMCTs) in all the 5 states immediately after the calamities without waiting for the receipt of Memorandum from the affected State governments, the ministry added.