Delhi, December 30: The centre on Tuesday approved a total relief package of Rs. 5,083 crore, 3,050 crore and 2,033 crore for Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh respectively, for 48 drought affected regions due to deficit monsoon rainfall this year. The package will be provided to states from National Disaster Relief Fund (NDRF).
In a high-level committee meeting headed by Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday, the decision was taken. The panel takes calls on Central relief to states hit by drought, landslides and floods. “The HLC approved the assistance from the NDRF in respect of Madhya Pradesh to the tune of Rs 2,033 crore and Rs 3,050 crore for Maharashtra,” an official statement said.
The panel examined the proposals based on the report of the Central team, which had visited the two affected states by severe drought, it added. A total 10 states, including Uttar Pradesh and Orissa, have declared a drought in more than 280 districts in the country this year. The Centre has already approved a relief package of Rs 1,540 crore for Karnataka and Rs 1,275 crore for Chhattisgarh.
“Central teams have visited other drought-hit states and are in the process of submitting the reports. HLC will take a decision on those proposals in the next meeting,” agriculture minister Radha Mohan Singh said after the meeting. Ten states are facing a drought because of a 14 per cent deficit in the southwest monsoon this year. Last year too, rainfall deficit was 12 per cent. Deficits were experienced even as there were floods in some other parts of the country.
Besides the agriculture minister, minister of state for finance Jayant Sinha, Niti Aayog vice-chairman Arvind Panagariya, Union home secretary Rajiv Mehrishi and senior officers of the ministries of home, finance and agriculture attended the meeting.