Centre not supporting flood-hit Kerala, says Pinarayi
Kerala

Centre not supporting flood-hit Kerala, says Pinarayi

The Centre had provided a meagre Rs 600 crore to the State towards flood relief so far when the demand was Rs 5,616 crore, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan told the Assembly during his reply to an adjournment motion moved by the Opposition on Wednesday.

He was highly critical of the Centre's attitude towards Kerala and hailed the Opposition demand for an all-party delegation to take up release of sufficient funds to Kerala.

About the funds from abroad, he said that while the UAE had promised Rs 700 crore, the defiant attitude made it withdraw from the offer. This resulted in other countries also following suit. This, he said, was when foreign aid came to other States, especially Gujarat when Narendra Modi was the Chief Minister.

On the proposed visit by his Cabinet colleagues abroad, he said the External Affairs Minister refused to give him an appointment claiming she had no time.

He denied Opposition charges and said the promised Rs 10,000 to those affected by the flood had been given to 6.85 lakh people.

Pinarayi said Rs 110 crore had been spent towards agriculture loss and cultivation had begun in several affected areas.

On rebuilding damaged houses, 5,636 people were given the first instalment of Rs 1 lakh. A total 15,000 houses were damaged. Of them, 10,000 people had offered to rebuild their houses. The co-operative department had offered to rebuild 2,000 houses.

Regarding offers from NGOs to rebuild houses, he said they had put forward terms like Government contribution and the Government was looking into the matter. A body to oversee housing under Rebuild Kerala would be constituted.

Pinarayi was highly critical of the Opposition, which, he said, was responsible for derailing the salary challenge. Just over 50 per cent of the government staff had participated in the challenge.

He said all help would be given to those affected. However, he did not fix a deadline for this, a demand of the Opposition.