New Delhi, January 5: Government is stepping forward to help drought affected states by granting them several amounts to revive. Likewise Home Minister Rajnath Singh today chaired a High Level Committee HLC where Rs.1782 crores were approved by the committee to help drought affected Karnataka and Rs 208.91 crores for floods affected Uttarakhand.Several villages of Karnataka are hit by drought since 2016-17 due to scarce rainfall. On the other side heavy rain washed off the Uttarakhand where several died. Considering this situation government approved to lend financial support to the affected states. The committee examined these states by visiting and drawn out the reports which were considered by the Inter-Ministerial Central Team.
Home ministry in their release said that "The HLC approved the assistance from the National Disaster Relief Fund (NDRF) and National Rural Drinking Water Programme (NRDWP) in respect of Uttarakhand to the tune of Rs 208.91 crore. The HLC also approved an amount of Rs 1782.44 crore from the National Disaster Relief Fund in respect of Karnataka.” Also The Karnataka government wanted relief of Rs 4,702 crore for loss of 2016 Kharif crops which were affected due to drought.
The meeting was chaired by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh while Chairman of NITI Aayog, Amitabh Kant and senior officers of the Ministries of Home Affairs, Finance and Agriculture were present.