Odisha sidelined again, Three drought-hit states to get Rs6,794 crore in central assistance


New Delhi, Dec 30: Odisha's demand for drought package ignored again. Earlier Odisha govt. demanded Rs 2200 crore for drought relief. The Centre on Tuesday approved financial relief assistance of Rs 3050 crore for drought-hit Maharashtra and Rs 2033 crore for Madhya Pradesh and Rs 1672 crore for Chhattisgarh.

The Union Home Minister, Shri Rajnath Singh chaired a meeting of the High Level Committee (HLC) yesterday  for Central Assistance to States affected by drought.  The Union Minister for Agriculture & Farmers' Welfare Shri Radha Mohan Singh, Vice-Chairman NITI Aayog Shri Arvind Panagariya, Minister of State for Finance, Shri Jayant Sinha, Union Home Secretary Shri Rajiv Mehrishi and senior officers of the Ministries of Home, Finance and Agriculture attended the meeting. 

The Committee examined the proposals based on the report of the Central Team which visited the affected states by severe drought. The HLC approved the assistance from the National Disaster Relief Fund (NDRF) in respect of Madhya Pradesh to the tune of Rs 2033 crore and Rs 3050 crore for Maharashtra.

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