New Delhi: The Centre’s High-Level Committee (HLC) has approved an additional assistance of Rs 3048.39 crore to flood-ravaged Kerala. Another Rs. 131.16 crore would be given to Nagaland and Rs 539.52 crore to Andhra Pradesh from the National Disaster Response Fund, reported ANI on Thursday.
The HLC was chaired by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh to consider the additional Central assistance to Kerala, Nagaland, and Andhra Pradesh, which were affected by floods, landslides and cyclone Titli respectively in the recent months.
Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Union Minister for Agriculture Radha Mohan Singh, Union Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba and senior officers of the Ministries of Home Affairs, Finance and Agriculture were present in the meeting.
The Centre had earlier approved an additional Rs 2,500 crore for relief and rehabilitation work for Kerala. It had earlier sanctioned Rs 600 crore for the same. Kerala had sought Rs 4,800 crore but a Central committee cleared only Rs 3,100 crore, which includes the Rs 600 crore sanctioned earlier, officials confirmed to a leading daily.
The Ministry of Home Affairs had approved the release of Rs. 229 crore from State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF) to Andhra Pradesh to help the state in providing relief measures to the people affected by Cyclone Titli. This was the second instalment provided by the Centre; the first instalment for the same amount was released in the month of June.