PM undertakes aerial survey of AMPHAN affected areas in West Bengal; announces Rs. 1,000 crore for immediate relief
[the_ad_placement id=”adsense-in-feed”]Rs. 2 lakh Ex gratia for the next of kin of the dead; Rs 50,000 for the injured
– globalbihari bureau
Kolkata: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday took an aerial survey of the cyclone affected regions of Odisha and West Bengal and announced a financial assistance of Rs. 1,000 crore to West Bengal for immediate relief and rehabilitation measures in the state.
Seeing the visuals on devastation caused by Cyclone Amphan, PM wished that situation normalises in West Bengal & Odisha at the earliest. He pointed out that the National Disaster Response Force teams were working in the cyclone affected parts and that top officials were closely monitoring the situation and also working in close coordination with the West Bengal government.
“No stone will be left unturned in helping the affected,” he tweeted.
During his visit Modi, who was accompanied by his ministerial colleagues Dharmendra Pradhan, Babul Supriyo, Pratap Chandra Sanragi and Debasree Chaudhuri, also held a meeting with senior state and central government officials. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, alongwith Governor Jagdeep Shankarand too undertook the aerial survey of the affected districts. The West Bengal government handed over a Memorandum of Assistance to the PM. Centre will soon deploy an Inter-Ministerial Team to visit the state to assess the extent of damage in the State, based on which further assistance will be given.
PM Modi expressed his complete solidarity with the people of West Bengal and expressed deep sorrow to the families who have lost their kin during the calamity. He announced an ex-gratia of Rs. 2 lakh to the next of kin of the deceased and Rs. 50,000 to the seriously injured in the cyclone in the State.
“Have been seeing visuals from West Bengal on the devastation caused by Cyclone Amphan. In this challenging hour, the entire nation stands in solidarity with West Bengal. Praying for the well-being of the people of the state. Efforts are on to ensure normalcy,” he tweeted.
He further assured the people of the State that the Union Government would closely work with the State Government and extend all possible assistance for restoration and rebuilding of the infrastructure in the affected areas.
On Odisha, he tweeted: “My thoughts are with the people of Odisha as the state bravely battles the effects of Cyclone Amphan. Authorities are working on the ground to ensure all possible assistance to the those affected.”
This was the second visit of the Prime Minister to the state of West Bengal this year, which is the only state apart from Uttar Pradesh, where he has had multiple visits this year. Prime Minister had earlier this year visited West Bengal on January 11-12, whereby he had attended the 150th Anniversary celebrations of Kolkata Port Trust, dedicated to the nation four refurbished heritage buildings in Kolkata and had also visited Belur Math.