A High Level Committee, headed by Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Thursday approved the additional assistance of Rs. 3048.39 crore to Kerala, Rs. 131.16 crore to Nagaland and Rs. 539.52 crore to Andhra Pradesh, a Home Ministry spokesperson said. The Kerala government had sought Rs. 4,700 crore as compensation from the Central government for the damage caused by the floods, which was termed as the worst in a century.
At least 488 people died in Kerala due to the rains and floods this monsoon, which hit 14 districts of the State. The meeting of the Committee was held to consider the additional Central assistance to Kerala, Nagaland and Andhra Pradesh, which were affected by floods, landslips and Cyclone Titli, respectively. CMO confirmation The Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) also confirmed that the additional assistance had been sanctioned for the State. The relief of Rs. 3,048.39 crore has been sanctioned at a time when the State has estimated the cost of rebuilding at Rs. 30,000 crore. The Central government decision to deny the assistance offered by the UAE too had come in for criticism. It’s crowd-funding efforts too had failed to elicit a positive response.
The best efforts of the State to mop up funds from various nations failed to take off for want of clearance from the Centre and the contributions to the Chief Minister’s Distress Relief Fund amounting to about Rs. 2,000 crore was reported to be too inadequate to meet the needs. State memorandum In case of any natural calamity beyond the coping capacity of a State, the State government submits a detailed memorandum indicating sector-wise details of damage, and the requirement of funds for relief operations of an immediate nature, another official said.
According to existing guidelines, the Central government sends an Inter-Ministerial Central Team (IMCT) for an on-the-spot assessment of damage and additional requirement of funds. IMCT report The IMCT report is considered by the subcommittee of the National Executive Committee (SC-NEC) headed by the Union Home Secretary in conformity with the norms, and then by a high-level committee, chaired by the Home Minister for approving the quantum of additional assistance from the National Disaster Response Fund.