New Delhi, August 21: Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Tuesday claimed that the crown prince of Abu Dhabi has spoken to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and has extended Rs 700 Crores as financial assistance to rebuild the flood-ravaged state, where more than 300 people lost their lives. Also Read - Kerala BJP Alleges 'Forged' Signature of CM Pinarayi Vijayan in Govt File
“Many have come forward to help Kerala. Besides the aid from various states, other nations have also been extending assistance to the flood-hit region. UAE has put forward a relief package and the Gulf nations have been helping us on all fronts,” Vijayan said, while addressing media. Also Read - CM Vijayan is Worried, It's Evident: Kerala Congress Stages One-day Fast Over Gold Smuggling Case
Earlier on Saturday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced a financial assistance of Rs 500 crore to the flood-ravaged state. The Prime Minister had also announced an ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh per person to the next kin of the deceased and Rs 50,000 to those seriously injured, from PM’s National Relief Funds. Also Read - Kerala Opposition Moves No-confidence Motion Against Pinarayi Vijayan-led Govt
The interim relief of Rs 500 crore was announced nearly a week after the Central government sanctioned Rs 100 crore when Home Minister Rajnath Singh had visited Kerala.
Meanwhile, the Kerala Government has called for an all-party meeting over the flood situation in the state. The meeting will be held in Thiruvananthapuram at 4 PM on Tuesday. As per the sources in chief minister’s office, the cabinet will focus on preparing a memorandum to be submitted to the Narendra Modi-led government for assistance.
The Kerala cabinet has also decided to recommend to the Governor to convene a special assembly session on August 30th to discuss relief, rehabilitation and reconstruction of the state after deadly deluge.