Prime Minister Narendra Modi on a visit to flood hit regions in Kerala has approved Rs 500 cr interim relief for the state in addition to Rs 100 cr announced earlier by the Home Minister Rajnath Singh.The Opposition Leader Ramesh Chennithala has expressed dissatisfaction over co-ordination of relief activities by the governmental machinery and the State Government should spare no effort to request the help of Armed forces to tide over the situation. He also demanded declaration of Kerala Floods as a national calamity.
Narendra Modi tweeted: I salute the people of Kerala for their fighting spirit. I compliment the authorities for their efforts in this adverse situation. I would also like to appreciate the wide support and solidarity from people across India towards Kerala during this unprecedented situation.
Porinju Veliyath, leading Fund manager and MD of Equity Intelligence tweeted that this is a global disaster but India is yet to declare it a national disaster.
Congress President Rahul Gandhi appealed to Prime Minister to declare Kerala Floods a National Disaster without any delay. “The lives, livelihood and future of millions of our people is at stake.”
Food grains, medicines and other essential materials would be provided in relief areas, Prime Minister assured. The dependents of those dead would be given Rs 2 lakh and seriously injured would get Rs 50,000 from Prime Minister’s National Disaster Relief Fund.
The beneficiaries of social security schemes would get compensation which is to be evaluated insurance companies in specially organised camps. Prime Minister has also directed to settle farmer claims as per the Fasal Bheema scheme.
The roads damaged due to floods would be rebuilt by the National Highways Authority.To restore electricity, the public sector organisations NTPC and PGCIL have been asked to provide necessary help.
Those who lost their homes and were already awaiting their turn under the Pradhanmantri Aavas Yojana-Gramin Housing project would be alloted funds on priority basis. The state government has been alloted 5.5 crore mandays of labour under the Mahatma Gandhi Employment Guarantee Scheme in the 2018-19 Labour Budget.
At present 435 boats, 1300 personnel divided in 57 teams have been deployed by the Union Government for rescue activities. Five companies of BSF, CISF and RAF. Army, Navy and Air Force and Coast Guard are active in rescue operations. And 38 helicopters have been allotted 20 aircrafts have been provided, 790 trained personnel have been divided in 10 teams and 10 engineering task force has been deployed.Altogether 6714 people were rescued 891 people have been provided medical help. Prime Minister assured further support to Kerala Government and priority should be given to rescue of those who are isolated in the rising flood waters.