Disaster Zone Deserves SCS

Odisha Government has said that the State deserves Special Category Status (SCS) as Odisha is the Most Disaster Prone State in the Country.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on 6 May presenting the Impact Status of Extremely Severe Cyclonic Storm-FANI to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi has reeled out the statistics as to how the State has been continuously suffering due to
Natural Disasters every year.

Mr.Patnaik said that in 2013, Odisha faced Cyclone Phailin and Floods, and in 2014 the State faced Cyclone Hud Hud and floods.

In 2015, 2016 and 2017, Odisha faced Drought, Heavy Rainfall and in 2018, State was badly hit by Cyclone Titli.

Now in 2019, State is ravaged by Cycone FANI and more than One Crore people of nearly 15,000 Villages and 46 Urban Centres are affected.

Under this backdrop, as the State is most disaster-prone state, it should be given SCS tag, said Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.

State Government has said as the Power Supply System has been devastated Rs.10,000 Crore may be provided for Disaster Resilient Energy Infrastructure for Coastal Odisha.

Provision of minimum Five Lakh Disaster Resilient and Affordable Houses assistance to the tune of Rs.7,000 Crore may be provided.

For immediate support, Rs.1000 Crore as Adhoc Assistance may be released, pending submission of Detailed Memorandum after Field Damage Assessment, said an official.

State Government has urged to allow FCRA Clearance in order to receive Foreign Currency Contributions.

Contribution by the Corporate Sector to Chief Minister’s Relief Fund (CMRF) should be recognized as CSR as allowed in case of Prime Minister National Relief Fund (PMNRF).

Chief Minister Mr.Patnaik has said that 24 hours before the Cyclone Landfall, 12 Lakh people were evacuated as the State Government has taken up Zero Casualty Approach.

25,000 Tourists were evacuated and State Government has been able to organize one of the largest evacuation within 24 hours, which has been appreciated by UN Agencies.

Early Warning on Cyclone FANI has been given to people and 1.8 Crore Mobile Messages were sent to people in the affected areas. Satellite Phones and Wireless Sets were deployed for this purpose.

Senior Officers were assigned to the Districts and 24X7 Control Rooms were in operation.

Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi, Development Commissioner Asit Tripathy, APC Gagan Kumar Dhal, SRC Bishnupada Sethi, and other senior officials were present in the meeting.

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