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Rashmi Ranjan

Bhubaneswar: A high level committee headed by Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Friday approved an additional central flood assistance of Rs 320.94 crore to Odisha for the damage caused by the floods in 2020.

According to sources, the high-level committee of Ministry of Home Affairs has approved Rs 1,751 crore to the five states- Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh including Odisha from the National Disaster Response Fund (NDRF) for the damage caused by floods and landslides due to the southwest monsoon in 2020.

According to a MHA statement, Rs 437.15 crore has been approved for 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.

For hailstorms during Rabi 2019-20, Rs 285.08 crore has also been approved for Uttar Pradesh, it said.

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

In all the five states, the central government had deputed Inter-Ministerial Central Teams (IMCTs) immediately after the calamities, without waiting for the receipt of memorandum from the affected state governments, it said.

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

(Edited By Suryakant Jena)

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