A massive Rs 31,000 crore was needed to rebuild Kerala which was devastated by the flood in August and the Chief Minister’s Distress Relief Fund had got a mere Rs 2,683.18 crore, according to Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan. Of this, Rs 688.48 crore had already been spent.
In a statement to the Assembly on Thursday, he said Rs 290.74 crore had to be paid to the Centre for the food supplies and use of aircraft for rescue operations during the flood.
The Indian Air Force is learnt to have asked Kerala to pay Rs 25 crore for its rescue works and claimed that it was normal practice.
Under the State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF) Rs 987.73 crore have been collected and Rs 586.4 crore was spent. An amount of Rs 706.74 crore more was required to clear liabilities alone.
He said he had sent letters to the Union Government seeking funds which had not been coming.
Pinarayi called for concerted efforts to rebuild Kerala and said government agencies and departments would be roped in.
Houses to be rebuilt would be designed to withstand disasters. Topography would be of importance when the rebuilding exercise in a scientific manner would be undertaken.