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Ramakanta Biswas

Bhubaneswar: In order to boost the relief and restoration works in Odisha, the Centre has approved an additional assistance of Rs 128.23 crore for the State under the National Disaster Response Fund (NDRF) as cyclone ‘Amphan’ assistance.

The additional central assistance was approved during a High Level Committee (HLC) meeting chaired by Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Friday.

In the aftermath of cyclone Amphan, PM Narendra Modi had visited West Bengal and Odisha on May 22, 2020 for a survey, following which financial assistance of Rs 1000 crore to West Bengal and Rs 500 crore to Odisha were released, in advance, to carry out immediate relief and restoration works in the districts ravaged by cyclone Amphan.

This apart, the PM had also announced Rs 2 lakh ex-gratia for the next of kin of the deceased and Rs 50000 for the injured, which was over and above the ex-gratia provided through the State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF) and the NDRF.

According to a statement issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs, a total of Rs 4381.88 crore additional central assistance was approved for six states from the NDRF during the HLC meet.

While Rs128.23 crore was approved for Odisha as cyclone ‘Amphan’ assistance, Rs 2707.77 crore was approved for West Bengal. Similarly, Rs 268.59 crore has been approved for Maharashtra for cyclone ‘Nisarga’. Moreover, Rs 577.84 crore has been approved for Karnataka, Rs 611.61 crore for Madhya Pradesh and Rs 87.84 crore for Sikkim as assistance for floods and landslides during the South-West monsoons.

(Edited By Devbrat Patnaik)

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