80 districts adversely affected by floods: Govt

These districts include 14 in Andhra Pradesh, 10 each in Arunachal Pradesh and Kerala, 15 in Assam, five in Bihar, one each in Goa, Meghalaya, Uttarakhand, West Bengal and Pudducherry, five in Haryana, and eight each in Mizoram and Punjab, Water Resources Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal informed the Lok Sabha in a written reply.

He said while the state governments are "primarily responsible" for undertaking relief measures at the ground level, the Centre supplements the efforts of the states by providing logistic and financial support.

The Minister said flood management is a state subject and the schemes related to it are executed by the state governments.

"However, a plan scheme -- Flood Management Programme -- has been approved in principle by the Central government at a total cost of Rs 8000 crore during the XIth Five Year Plan to provide central assistance to the state governments to undertake flood management and anti-erosion work," he said.

Besides assistance under the Flood Management Programme, Bihar, Tripura, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal have been provided a total of Rs 183.66 crore grants-in-aid for taking up flood protection works on border rivers under the central 'River management Activities and works related to Border Areas' during the XIth Five Year Plan.These states share international borders with Nepal and Bangladesh.

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