Months after the calamitous Kerala floods, the Central government has approved an additional aid of Rs. 2500 crores for relief and rehabilitation works. Earlier, the Centre has sanctioned Rs. 600 crore. The devastating floods that occurred in Kerala three months ago had claimed the lives of 483 and caused severe damages to infrastructure and properties.
The Kerala state government had submitted a memorandum in September demanding Rs.4800 crore, detailing the losses. As per the primary reports, the total loss due to devastating rains was Rs.20,000 crores, but Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said that it would cost much more.
By providing the additional aid of Rs. 2500 cr, the total aid sanctioned by the Centre for the Kerala flood relief will reaches Rs. 3100 crore.
A committee headed by Union Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba sanctioned the additional aid and it will be sent to a high level committee headed by Home Minister Rajnath Singh, who along with Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh will announce the final package.
Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said that, the total amount gathered in Chief Minister’s Flood Relief Fund is Rs. 2700 crore, which is not sufficient for the relief and rehabilitation activities.