Flood-hit North East to get around Rs. 2,600 crores
While the North Eastern states of the country are suffering the aftereffects of a disastrous flood, the central government has announced a huge relief package of nearly Rs. 2,600 crores. The Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, has visited the flood-hit regions. He has also met the Chief Ministers of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur and Nagaland, the states badly affected by the severe flood. Of these four states, Assam is the state which is suffering the most due to the sudden crisis. Identifying this reality, a sum of around Rs. 250 crores is set to be immediately released by the central authorities for the state. It is learned that the rest of the states will get the share once the authorities reach out a consensus among the concerned stakeholders on how much fund each state deserves. As the overflow in the river Brahmaputra regularly causes disasters every year, the centre has decided to earmark a sum of Rs.100 crores to study the river. The huge fund earmarked under the flood relief package has been advised to use for the rehabilitation of people, reconstruction measures, infrastructural development and the increase of the water holding capacity of the aforesaid river. Earlier, the Northern state of Assam got nearly Rs.300 crores as the relief fund. With the release of the new fund, the state has been granted a total of Rs. 550 crores as the flood relief. The next of kin of those people killed in the disastrous flood in Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland and Tripura is likely to get two crore rupees each –those injured is expected to get Rs fifty thousand rupees each.
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