New Delhi, March 24: Centre approved assistance of about five thousand 21 crore rupees to ten states affected by flood, drought and other natural disasters. These states are Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Himachal Pradesh, Karnataka, Manipur, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Telangana and Uttar Pradesh. This was decided at a High Level Committee meeting chaired by Home Minister Rajnath Singh in New Delhi.
An official release said, four thousand 979 crore rupees are approved from National Disaster Response Fund and over 40 crore rupees from the National Rural Drinking Water Programme. Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh, Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi and senior representatives from NITI Aayog and Finance Ministry also attended the meeting.
Meanwhile, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has ruled out farm loan waivers by the Centre but said states can utilise their own resources in this regard. He clarified that the Centre will not adopt a selective approach by helping one state. Replying to a query in the Rajya Sabha during a discussion on General Budget, the Minister said, Centre has its policies for agriculture sector under which it provides interest subvention and other supports.
The Congress had demanded that the government announce a loan waiver for farmers across the country as was done by the UPA in 2006 and not just for UP where the BJP has returned to power with a thumping majority.