PM Grants 1K Crore

While expressing solidarity with the People of Odisha, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced immediate assistance worth Rs.1000 crores to Odisha. 

Mr.Modi on 6 May visited the State to review the situation arising out of Cyclone Fani that hit the State on 3 May, 2019. 
He undertook an aerial survey of Pipili, Puri, Konark, Nimapada and Bhubaneswar.
He promised further assistance after the assessment by an Inter-Ministerial Central Team. This is apart from Rs. 341 crores already released to the State Government on 29 April, 2019.
Governor Ganeshi Lal, Chief Minister, Naveen Patnaik and Union Cabinet Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas, Dharmendra Pradhan also accompanied the Prime Minister in the aerial survey. Additional Principal Secretary to Prime Minister P K Mishra accompanied the Prime Minister.
Thereafter, Prime Minister took a meeting of the senior officers of the State and Central Government to take stock of the damage caused by the cyclone and the relief & rehabilitation measures being undertaken.  The Prime Minister assured all possible assistance to the State.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and senior officers were present in the meeting.
Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi, Development Commissioner Asit Tripathy, APC Gagan Kumar Dhal, Special Relief Commissioner Bishnupada Sethi and other senior officers were present.
The Prime Minister said that the Central Government is fully committed not only for providing immediate relief, but also to ensure rebuilding of the state. He appreciated the role played by technology including satellite imagery and advanced weather forecasting techniques in minimising loss of life.
He said that the combination of technological capabilities and human interface has enabled last mile connectivity with the affected. The State Government’s efforts in evacuating more than a million people to safety and the efforts of IMD to give accurate forecast were specially appreciated by the Prime Minister. 
He appreciated the resilience of the people and the fishermen living in the coastal areas. He also expressed satisfaction at the excellent coordination between the Union and the State Government which helped to minimise causalities.
The Prime Minister said that he knows the extent of damage and destruction such a cyclone brings, as he too has been a Chief Minister of a coastal state.
The Prime Minister assured that a Central team will visit the State soon to assess the extent of damage to infrastructure, housing, fishermen and farms and relief to be provided to the State.  He directed the State and Central Government officers of Power, Telecom, Railways to ensure restoration of services at the earliest. 
He also directed the Road and Surface Transport Ministry to take effective steps for repair of roads damaged and also provide all assistance to the State in this regard. He directed that insurance companies must dispatch their observers immediately to the flood hit areas to assess the farmer’s claim related to crop insurance and provide them relief at the earliest.

The Prime Minister announced ex-gratia of Rupees two lakhs to next of the kin of the deceased and Rupees fifty thousand to seriously injured in the cyclone.  The Prime Minister assured the people of the State that the Union Government stands shoulder to shoulder with them at this difficult time.



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