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Saswat Singhdeo

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking an interim assistance of Rs 1,000 crore for relief and restoration works in cyclone Titli-affected districts.

"I would request you to kindly consider the grave situation in the State on account of the Very Severe Cyclone Storm "Titli" and its associated impacts and request you to please release an interim assistance of Rs 1000 crore to the State to enable taking up relief and restoration works of immediate nature," the letter reads.

The Chief Minister has also requested the prime minister to provide houses under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY) as 57,131 houses have been reportedly destroyed.

"Besides keeping in view the fact that 57,131 houses of people have been damaged the Government of India may consider special allocation of 57,131 houses under PMAY," the letter reads.

On the other hand, Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan has accused the State government of making false claims of keeping record of livestock deaths and restoring electricity.

Pradhan took to Twitter and wrote that he will soon submit a report on damage caused by cyclone Titli to PM Modi.

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