PM announces Rs 1,000 cr for cyclone-hit Gujarat

at 6:07 pm

New Delhi (NVI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi today announced a financial assistance of Rs 1,000 crore to Gujarat as he took stock of the damage caused by Cyclone Tauktae and reviewed the relief and rehabilitation measures being carried out.

An ex-gratia of Rs. 2 lakh to the next of kin of the deceased and Rs. 50,000 to the seriously injured in the cyclone in the States of Kerala, Karnataka, Goa, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Rajasthan and the UTs of Daman and Diu, and Dadra and Nagar Haveli, was also announced by PM.

In Gujarat, he undertook an aerial survey of the cyclone-affected areas in Una (Gir – Somnath), Jafrabad (Amreli), Mahua (Bhavnagar).

During his visit, he also took stock of the situation relating to the Covid pandemic.

The state administration apprised the PM of the response measures being taken and the PM stressed the need to ensure that preventive measures should also be taken.

Prime Minister expressed his complete solidarity with all those who suffered due to the cyclone in different parts of India and expressed deep sorrow to the families who have lost their kin during the calamity.

The Prime Minister said that the Centre is working closely with the affected state governments in the wake of the situation post the cyclone. Immediate financial assistance for these states would also be given after the respective state governments would share their assessments with the Centre.

“We have to continue the focus towards more scientific studies relating to disaster management,” he said.

He called for devoting more focus to enhancing intra-state coordination as well as using modern communication techniques to ensure quicker evacuation from the affected areas.

He also called for immediate attention to be devoted to repairing the damaged houses and properties across affected areas.