CM Gehlot seeks Rs 2,645 crore fund to tackle trampling floods

Jaipur: The desert state was rendered numb after the recent flood-like situation following excessive rains in this season. In sync with the damage done by the trampling downpour, the State Government has demanded Rs 2,645 crore from the Centre as assistance under National Disaster Relief Fund (NDRF). Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot approved the memorandum sent to the Centre.

Gehlot endorsed this memo during a high-level meeting of Disaster Management and Relief Department held at Chief Minister’s Office on Thursday.

The state has demanded Rs 1,642 crore under Agriculture Input Subsidy to be given to farmers as compensation for the crop damage, Rs 369 crore as compensation for the damage caused by land erosion and Rs 395 crore for repairing of damaged roads and bridges under SDRF rules.

The Chief Minister directed the officials to coordinate with the concerned departments of the Centre to get an early release of funds from the Centre so relief work could start on a war-footing to repair the damage.

Secretary, Disaster Management, Siddharth Mahajan, elaborated on the measures taken by the department. He said most districts of the state have been affected by heavy rains and relief works were being carried out in the affected areas.

He said 12,943 villages of 18 districts have been declared as scarcity hit. The excessive rain has affected 49 lakh farmers, who are to be given Agriculture Input Subsidy, he added.

Mahajan said demands have been included regarding assistance for repairing damaged drainage system and to improve power supply in affected area among other things.

Minister for Disaster Management & Relief Master Bhanwar Lal Meghwal, Chief Secretary, DB Gupta, ACS PWD Veenu Gupta, ACS Finance, Niranjan Arya, Principal Secretary Revenue Sanjay Malhotra and other officers were present during the meeting.