PM announces Rs 1,000 cr for AP

Floods: No discrimination against non-Cong govts, says Singh

Flood victims gather around a rice distribution vehicle at Allampur in Mehaboobnagar, Andhra Pradesh, on Friday. AFP

He said the floods that had ravaged parts of Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka were a national calamity and assured that the Centre would stand by the states in the hour of crisis and provide all possible assistance. The Prime Minister made an aerial survey of the flood-ravaged Krishna and Guntur districts on Friday.

Singh denied that the Centre was discriminating against states that were not ruled by the Congress when it came to release of funds, as alleged by Karnataka.

“It will not happen ‘as long as I am the PM.’ There is no question of any kind of discrimination on political grounds when it concerns human tragedy. It has not been done, it won’t be done,” Singh said.

He complimented the State Government for responding to the unprecedented floods ‘with speed, dedication and commitment.’

“The State Government rose to the occasion,” he said in the backdrop of the Opposition charge that it had failed to respond in time to prevent the floods, and that the post-flood relief measures were slow and too little.

The Prime Minister refused to be drawn into a controversy, saying he was not there to look at deficiencies or lapses. “I have come here to assess and get a clearer idea of the devastation of the floods, which hit normal life and inflicted damage on property and crops,” he said.

Memorandum

The principal Opposition, the Telugu Desam Party, presented a memorandum to Singh, pointing out the lapses of the State Government that had put the people at grave risk during the floods.

The State Government, in a memorandum submitted to the Prime Minister, sought an assistance of Rs 12,225 crore. Announcing an advance aid of Rs 1000 crore, Singh said the Centre would send a team to assess the damage for itself. He assured that the Centre was ready to assist the State in every possible way.

“The Centre stands behind the State in this hour of tragedy. No money will be spared to go to the help of the affected people,” the Prime Minister said.

Singh will conduct an aerial survey of the flood-hit districts of Kurnool and Mehboobnagar on Saturday before flying to Karnataka.

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