Naveen demands Rs 1000 crore post-flood relief

New Delhi: Chief Minister Naveen Pattanaik today urges the union home minister P Chidambaram to immediately provide Rs. 1000 crore from the National Disaster Relief Fund(NDRF) for taking up reconstruction work in the flood affected districts of the state. The state government has pegged the entire loss due to recent floods at Rs,3265 crore. The Central team which visited the flood affected areas would submit its report to the home and finance ministries on October 24. The home minister has reportedly assured Naveen that the centre would announce a package one week after the submission of the report by the Central team.

Chief Minister too had a long discussion with P Chidambaram regarding the Maoist problem in the state. Naveen has once again pleaded with Chidambaram that the Integrated Action Plan to tackle naxal problem should be extended to five more districts,namely, Ganjam, Bargarh, Nayagarh, Dhenkanal and Jajpur. Chidambaram informed Naveen that the centre has already included Ganjam, Nayagarh and jajpur in the action plan and would provide security related funds for four districts,namely, Nuapada, Kalahandi, Bolangir and Bargarh. Chifambaram has assured Naveen that union home ministry will soon provide one more battalion of CRPF forces to be stationed in sensitive areas while it would take two to three months to send one more batallion of BSF forces. However, the centre would soon despatch two MI-17 helicopters for Maoist related operations.

Chief Minister had meetings with the Union Rural Development and Agriculture ministers.