The Centre assured that the aid provided to the flood-stricken area was in advance. Prime Minister Narendra Modi shared with Kerala governor P Sathasivam that the state which suffered huge loss due to flood would get more funds from the National Disaster Response Fund per laid down procedure.
Mr Modi shared this with the governor when he met him in New Delhi. The Governor briefed about the suffering of the Kerala people and about the relief and rescue operation being carried out in the state.
Officials shared,”Prime Minister has clarified that the Rs 600 crore released by the Centre is only the advance assistance and assured that additional funds will be released from National National Disaster Response Fund as per laid down procedure,”
The Centre shared that the 600 crore was in addition to the Rs 562.45 crore already made through the State Disaster Response Fund.
Around 75% contribution in SDRF is carried out by the centre in the “general category” state like Kerala. It will even provide extra assistance (NDRF) once an additional memorandum is received from the Pinarayi Vijayan government tabulating the losses state faced due to disaster.
The home ministry issued a statement on Tuesday stating that situation of the state had been under observation of the Prime Minister and he visited the state on 17 August 2018. On his instruction, the National Crisis Management Committee regularly monitored the situation of the state and it even assisted in rescue and relief operation by organising regular meeting from August 16 to 21, 2018.
The Kerala state had faced the worst flood in this year. The massive rainfall invited flood and landslide in the area. More than 500 people lost their lives and thousands of people lost houses as well as other properties.
Narendra Modi had announced Rs 500 crore relief fund after the aerial survey of the flood-logged state and even Union Minister Rajnath Singh had announced Rs 100 crore relief for the state.