Govt approves Rs 1,751 cr aid to 5 states affected by floods, landslides in 2020

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Landslide in Andhra Pradesh during monsoon (File photo)

New Delhi (NVI): The high level committee (HLC), led by Union Home Minister Amit Shah today approved additional assistance of Rs 1,751.05 crore to five states, which were affected by floods, landslides and hailstorm last year.

According to an official statement, the committee will release the fund to Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Odisha, Telangana and Uttar Pradesh under the National Disaster Response Fund (NDRF).

While approving the additional assistance, Shah said the government under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi has resolved to help our sisters and brothers of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Odisha, Telangana and Uttar Pradesh who braved these natural disasters.

“For floods and landslides during South-West monsoon-2020, Rs 437.15 crore has been approved to Assam, Rs 75.86 crore to Arunachal Pradesh, Rs 320.94 crore to Odisha, Rs 245.96 crore to Telangana and Rs 386.06 crore to Uttar Pradesh,” said a statement by Ministry of Home Affairs.

“For hailstorm during Rabi 2019-20, Rs 285.08 crore has been approved to Uttar Pradesh,” it added.

In addition, the government said that it has released Rs 19,036.43 crore to 28 states from the State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF) and Rs 4,409.71 crore to 11 states from NDRF till date during the financial year 2020-21.

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