New Delhi, May 25 : Reviewing the coordinating efforts and restoration measures in areas of West Bengal which were affected by cyclone Amphan, the Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba on Monday took stock of the situation with Central and State agencies. Chairing the meeting of the National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC), he advised that complete power connectivity, telecom service and drinking water supplies need to be restored on priority basis. Sharing the information that the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) will be sending a Central team soon to assess the damages in West Bengal and Odisha, Mr Gauba further said that the Central agencies were ready to provide any further assistance that may be required by the State.
“Adequate stocks of food grains have also been kept ready for supply based on the demand from the State," he added. Noting that the West Bengal Government may require additional assistance, the Cabinet Secretary directed officers of Central Ministries and agencies to work in close coordination with the State Government to provide all required assistance expeditiously. He also said that Rs 1000 crore has already been released by the Finance Ministry to the State as announced by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Thanking the Central Government for the support provided for relief and restoration work, the West Bengal Chief Secretary informed that restoration of Power and Telecommunication infrastructure has been the priority in the Cyclone affected areas of the State. “While Telecom connectivity has been restored in most areas, damage to the local Power distribution network has affected the restoration of complete supply in some areas. Central agencies have been deployed in these efforts along with teams from neighbouring states”, the Chief Secretary informed. The NCMC was informed that the columns of Army have also been deployed in Kolkata to help in carrying out road clearances along with teams of NDRF and SDRF. .
West Bengal Chief Secretary participated in the NCMC meeting through Video Conference while senior officers from MHA, Power, Telecommunications, Food and Public Distribution, Health, Drinking Water and Sanitation, HQ IDS, NDMA and NDRF also attended the meeting. (UNI)