Thiruvananthapuram: At a time when Centre and Kerala government is at loggerheads over Rs 700 crore foreign aid, announced by UAE, officials claimed that the flood-ravaged state has already got an equivalent amount through public contribution. The latest figures announced by the state government has revealed that the total amount received towards the Chief Minister’s Distress Relief Fund (CMDRF) touched Rs 713.92 crore on Monday.
Of the total Rs 713.92 crore, Rs 518.24 crore was deposited in CMDRF’s SBI account. Rs 132.62 crore was received through banks and UPIs linked with CMDRF gateway. Rs 43 Crore was received through PayTM and other online means while Rs 20 crores were received via cash, checks and drafts. A report in leading daily Times of India, claimed that the assistance was received within a span of 14 days only.
The amount of monetary assistance received on public holidays is yet to be calculated.
Meanwhile, it has also been reported that Pinarayi Vijayan-led state government is planning to approach the World Bank for financial assistance. Earlier on Monday, the government had also said that an immediate relief of Rs 10,000 would be disbursed soon to the flood-affected state.
As per the latest government update on the flood situation, nearly 322 people have lost their lives in the monsoon fury since August 8.