Centre should release Rs 7154.28 crore for flood hit people of Madhya Pradesh: Kamal Nath

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Bhopal: Madhya Pradesh has demanded assistance to the tune of Rs. 7154.28 crore from the Centre to compensate the damage caused by excessive rain and the flood situation in the state. This amount includes central assistance of Rs 6621.28 crore under the head of NDRF and the second installment of Rs. 533 crore under SDRF for the current fiscal.

In a proposal sent to the Centre, the Principal Secretary Manish Rastogi has said that an amount of Rs. 1066 crore have been sanctioned for Madhya Pradesh under the state disaster management Plan for the year 2019-20. Of this, about Rs. 362 crore have been spent till mid-September to tackle natural calamity, hail storm, frost and for relief distribution. In the financial year 2019, the first installment of Rs. 247 crore was released under the Centre’ share with an adjustment of an additional amount of Rs. 152 crore for the previous year 2018-19. Hence in the year 2019, only Rs. 285.50 crore is available under SDRF now.

According to the State Revenue Department, of the 52 districts of Madhya Pradesh, 39 districts have suffered heavy losses due to excessive rain and floods. During the period June to September this year, heavy rain has affected crops worth Rs. 16270 crore in about 6.47 million hectare of land. As per Government estimate, 33 per cent crops over 5.39 million hectares have been damaged. Besides, 55,372 pucca-kuchcha houses, 4098 pucca houses and 55,267 kuchcha houses are partially damaged. A total of 3649 huts and 3274 cattle sheds also have been damaged.

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