Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) Dr Jitendra Singh, accompanied by a team of senior officials of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and senior officers of Central and State administration, today undertook an extensive aerial survey of the flood affected areas of Goalpara, Kokrajhar, Dhubri and Bongaigaon in Assam.
He announced the advance release of second instalment of the central share of State Disaster Relief Fund (SDRF) amounting to approximately Rs.207 crore. He also disclosed that an inter-ministerial team of the Government of India will be visiting the flood affected areas for a detailed assessment of the damages and based on the assessment, further relief amount will also be announced.
At the same time, he reiterated the Central Government’s request to the State Government to immediately send the memorandum outlining the extent of damage so that the same could also be taken into cognizance while determining the further financial help to be provided to the State administration.
Addressing a meeting of State administration Dr Jitendra Singh assured that the Government of India and particularly the Prime Minister himself were personally keeping track of relief and rescue operations in the area and he, along with a team of officers, had been specially deputed to take an on-the-spot assessment and provide all necessary help to the State Government.
Dr Jitendra Singh further explained that normally the State Disaster Relief Fund (SDRF) for any State is shared between the Centre and State in the ratio of 75:25 but in case of Assam and some other States, it is being funded by the Central Government to an extent of 90%. However, he added, in case the State Government of Assam finds itself unable to cope with it, the Central Government is always readily available to lend its full support and directions to this effect have been issued.
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