Thiruvananthapuram, Aug 13: Kerala’s Finance Minister Thomas Isaac on Monday slammed the Centre’s Rs 100 crore flood relief fund saying that it’s a drop in the ocean as the state has incurred a loss of more than Rs 8,000 crore. Incessant rains over the last four days in Kerala have left a total of 39 people dead and over 100,000 homeless who have been shifted to 1,026 relief camps.
After conducting an areal survey of the flood-affected areas in Kerala, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan submitted a memorandum to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh seeking Rs 1,220 crore from the National Disaster Relief Fund as a special package to deal with the situation arising from unprecedented floods following heavy rains. But the Union Minister announced Rs 100 crore as immediate relief, Issac tweeted.
Slamming the Centre for releasing inadequate funds, Issac said, “Total loss of floods to Kerala around ₹8000 crores. Immediate mitigation and rectification expenditure to the state around ₹3000.And the central grant precious ₹100. And that too if it is from regular disaster management fund due to Kerala, I do not know!”
“Centre must understand the gravity of the situation. An amount much larger than Rs 100 crore must be provided to the state to deal with the crisis. Kerala is facing the worst calamity in its history. The state has so far spent Rs 8,300 crore on relief,” the state Finance Minister told News18, adding, “Our expectations from the Centre were very high.”
Terming the situation in Kerala’s flood-affected areas as “very serious”, Rajnath Singh on Sunday announced an immediate relief of additional Rs 100 crore to deal with the destruction caused by the incessant rains. The announcement came hours after the Union Minister took an aerial survey of some flood-hit areas in Kerala.
“I understand the suffering of the people of Kerala due to this unprecedented crisis. Since the assessment of damages will take some time, I hereby announce immediate relief of an additional Rs 100 crores…The first instalment of Rs 80.25 crore of the Central share of SDRF for 2018-19 was released last month only…just before leaving for Kerala I have approved the release the second instalment of Rs 80.25 crore in advance for the SDRF,” tweeted Rajnath Singh.