PM pledges Rs 1,000 cr for State

Andhra Pradesh got the same amount, though its flood losses were lower

PM pledges  Rs 1,000 cr  for State


Prime Minister Manmohan Singh with Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa at an aerial survey of the flood hit region of Raichur in Karnataka on Saturday. PTI

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who conducted an aerial survey of parts of Raichur district on Saturday, announced an immediate release of Rs 1,000 crore for relief works. The Prime Minister had announced the same amount for Andhra Pradesh also.

Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa, who accompanied the Prime Minister, did not hide his displeasure when he said the State was expecting Rs 3,000 crore from the Centre as immediate assistance.

However, the chief minister desisted from making a criticism and expressed hope that the State would get another
Rs 2,000 crore at the earliest.

As per the government records, 226 people died in Karnataka due to the floods, while 5,26,022 houses were damaged. As many as 4,292 villages have been affected and 6,91,772 people are taking shelter in 1,722 relief camps.

The crop loss has been put at Rs 11,33,923 in 16 districts. The State has sought Rs 16,000 crore from the Centre.  In Andhra Pradesh, 65 people died, 627 villages have been affected in five districts. It has sought Rs 12,000 crore from the Centre.
For Karnataka, the sum of Rs 1,000 crore has been advanced under the National Calamity Contingency Fund. But, the Centre is yet to declare the floods a national calamity.  The funds may reach in a couple of days, sources said.

While talking to the media, the Prime Minister categorically said that money would not be a constraint while taking up relief works.

When it was brought to his notice that AP got more funds under the NCCF compared to Karnataka,  Singh said the Centre would not discriminate against any state on the lines of political affiliations. “People of Karnataka are as dear to the Centre as people of any other state in the country”, he said.

The Prime Minister said the Centre would soon send a team of officials to assess the loss. Asked when the team would reach the State, he said it would be after the State sends a detailed memorandum about the losses it has suffered. He also said that the kith and kin of those who died in the floods would get a relief of Rs 1 lakh from the Prime Minister’s Relief Fund.

River-linking project
Replying to a question on river-linking projects as a measure to tackle floods, Singh said there were two-three proposals before the Centre regarding river- linking. Detailed project reports were being prepared. But, he said, it would be difficult to take forward the projects as it involved many environmental issues.

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister R Rosaiah, Union ministers S M Krishna, Mallikarjun Kharge and Veerappa Moily also accompanied the Prime Minister during the survey.  
Yeddyurappa, speaking to reporters later, said there were still some areas where officers could not reach by road. The officers would prepare a detailed report on the loss suffered and send it to the Centre in two-three days.

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