‘Centre standing with Himachal in this time of crisis’

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Bharatiya Janata Party National President, Shri JP Nadda and Union Minister Shri Anurag Thakur visited the flood-affected areas of the Mandi district of Himachal Pradesh on 14 July, 2023. Former Himachal CM and Leader of Opposition, Shri Jairam Thakur along with other senior leaders also accompanied them.

The BJP National President ensured the people that the central government would extend all the assistance needed for relief and rehabilitation. “13 teams of NDRF (National Disaster Response Force) and teams of SDRF (State Disaster Response Force) are also deployed in the area. The MI-17 helicopter has been deployed for the rescue work. The Central Government will do whatever is necessary for relief and rehabilitation,” Shri Nadda said. Shri Nadda also visited the Panchvaktatra temple which was submerged in the flooded Beas River.

Meanwhile, Union Home Minister Shri Amit Shah has approved the advance release of the second instalment of the central share of the State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF), amounting to Rs 180.40 crore for 2023-24, as an interim relief to Himachal Pradesh.

Shri JP Nadda said, “Earlier, the central government had released the first instalment of Rs 180 crore and within days the second instalment of Rs 181 crore has been released. It shows the Centre is standing with Himachal Pradesh in this time of crisis.”

The incessant rain has led to flash floods and landslides, causing significant damage in Himachal Pradesh’s Manali. Shri JP Nadda said Union minister Shri Anurag Thakur stayed in the state for a few days and took updates on the losses suffered by the state.