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Sharmili Mallick

Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Thursday urged the Centre to immediately release assistance for undertaking repair and restoration work in the areas affected by cyclone Titli.

Seeking attention of Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh into the matter, Patnaik through a letter pointed out that the very severe cyclonic Storm ‘Titli’ which hit the State on October 10 causing flood and landslides had severely affected a vast population of about 60.31 lakh in 128 blocks under 17 districts of the State.

The State Government had earlier submitted a memorandum to the Government of India seeking central assistance of Rs 2023.13 crore against total requirement of Rs 2779.32 crore for relief and restoration measures.

Referring to a letter which he had earlier written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the CM stated “I had requested for release of an interim assistance of Rs 1000 crore pending final decision of the high level committee on the memorandum.”

He further stated that an inter-ministerial central team had also made an on-the-spot assessment of the damages during the first week of November. However, the State is yet to receive any assistance from the Central Government.

The CM maintained that the State Government had taken prompt action to provide required assistance to the affected population and for immediate restoration of the damaged infrastructure and services in the shortest possible time.

“An amount of Rs 1,689.13 crore was released for relief and restoration measures, exhausting the entire amount available in State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF). Hence, assistance from National Disaster Response Fund (NDRF) is urgently required for replenishing the SDRF and for undertaking the balance works,” added the CM.

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