Prime Minister Narendra Modi announces a relief package over Rs 2000 crore for people affected by the floods

Prime Minister Shri Narendra announced relief package over worth Rs 2000 crore for flood-affected people of Assam, Manipur, Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh. He also conducted aerial survey of flood hit areas of the country.

While on a One day visit to the North-Eastern part of India, to oversee rescue operations, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a relief package worth Rs 2000 crore for people affected by the floods. As per the package, Rs 2 lakhs each would be given to the kin of citizens who were killed due to the floods and Rs 50,000 each would be given to those severely injured.

PM on August 1 reached Guwahati and assessed the damage from floods. Through the course of the day, the Prime Minister held separate, detailed review meetings on the situation in the States of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur and Nagaland. The Chief Ministers of the respective States, and senior officials were present at the meetings. A memorandum was received from the Chief Minister of Mizoram, who could not make it to the meeting in person.

Over Rs. 1200 crore will be given by the Union Government for the infrastructure sector alone. The funds will be utilized for repair, maintenance, and strengthening of roads, highways, bridges, and other damaged infrastructure.

Rs. 400 crore will be provided for improving the water holding capacity of the Brahmaputra River, which will assist in flood control.

In the current financial year, the Union Government has approved Rs. 600 crore as central share of SDRF. Out of this, Rs. 345 crore has already been released, and the remaining will be released immediately, to assist the States in relief and rehabilitation work.

The Union Government will also provide Rs. 100 crore for carrying out a study to synergize efforts towards finding time-bound long term solutions to recurrent floods in the region.

The North-Eastern region, with eight percent of India’s land area, contains one-third of the country’s water resources. The Union Government will constitute a High Level Committee, with representation from Ministries of the Government of India and the States, for proper management of the region’s vast water resources.

An ex-gratia assistance of Rs. 2 lakh to the next of kin of the deceased, and Rs. 50,000/- to each of those seriously injured due to the floods, has been sanctioned under the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund.

On July 25, Prime Minister made an aerial survey of flood affected areas of Gujarat. Prime Minister also reviewed the flood relief operations at a high level meeting at Ahmedabad Airport. The meeting was attended by Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, other senior ministers and top officials of the State Government, disaster response agencies and PMO.

He was given an overview of the extent of damage caused by floods, and the relief operations being undertaken. The Prime Minister instructed all agencies involved in relief operations, including the Indian Air Force, to put in their best possible effort for immediate rescue and relief.

He emphasized the importance of cleanliness, hygiene and health, and said these aspects should also be accorded the highest priority.The Prime Minister said insurance companies including those dealing with crop insurance may be advised to organise assessment of damage to assets, crops etc quickly, and take steps for early settlement of claims, so as to provide immediate relief to affected people.