New Delhi: The Centre on Thursday sanctioned an additional assistance of Rs 3048.39 crore to Kerala from the National Disaster Response Fund (NDRF) in wake of the August flood.
Incidentally, this comes a day after the Kerala Assembly took up the issue of rebuilding Kerala where the Opposition mooted an all-party delegation over Central apathy.
A high-level committee meeting in the Ministry of Home Affairs, chaired by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, sanctioned the additional assistance.
The committee approved an additional assistance of Rs 3,048.39 crore. The Central Government had earlier sanctioned Rs 600 crore as financial aid. The additional amount was for the development of basic infrastructure and roads. The Kerala Government had sought Rs 4,700 crore as compensation for the damage caused by the floods, termed as the worst in a century.
As many as 488 people died due to rain and floods which hit all the14 districts
Those who attended the meeting included Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh, Union Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba and senior officers of the Ministries of Home Affairs, Finance and Agriculture.
As per existing guidelines, the sends an Inter-Ministerial Central Team (IMCT) for an on-the-spot assessment of damage and additional requirement of funds.