The Centre has commissioned a relief package worth Rs 940 crore for Tamil Nadu to deal with the worsening flood situation in the state.
Centre’s decision to release the funds immediately came just hours after Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa wrote to PM Modi for funds to sustain relief work. The CM had urged the Centre for Rs 2000 crore but was sanctioned Rs 940 crore.
“Prime Minister Narendra Modi has instructed the release of financial assistance worth Rs 939.63 crore immediately to Tamil Nadu to assist it in dealing with the situation arising from the floods,” an official release said.
The Centre is also sending a team to Tamil Nadu to assess the damage as requested by the state government. “Further action will be taken after the team submits its report,” said the statement.
The Tamil Nadu government pegged the damage due to unseasonal rains to Rs 8,481 crore. So far, almost 170 people have lost their lives because of heavy rain and subsequent flood-like situation.
The Chief Minister, in her letter to Prime Minister Modi, gave a detailed memorandum on the flood damage. It was sent to the Prime Minister’s Office by a delegation led by STK Jakkayan, Special Representative of Tamil Nadu. The letter said that the state government required Rs 2000 crore to sustain the relief work.
“The requirement of funds for immediate rescue and relief and the temporary and permanent restoration of infrastructure has been worked out at Rs. 8,481 crore in all….” said the letter.
“This assessment has been made as an immediate measure since the Tamil Nadu government requires assistance from the Centre to meet the high expenditure requirements that such a severe calamity has caused. The funds required are well beyond the resources available with the state, including the State Disaster Response Fund,” CM Jayalalithaa said.
Last week, Jayalalithaa sanctioned a relief package worth Rs. 500 crore for relief, restoration and infrastructure work.
(With inputs from PTI)