Centre grants National assistance to Sikkim

File photo of landslide in Sikkim. Image credit - @Skowtura_Ini

Additional central assistance has been approved by a High-Level Committee under the National Disaster Response Fund (NDRF) to six states which includes Sikkim, that were affected by cyclone, floods and landslides during this year.

Additional Central assistance of Rs 4,381.88 crore was approved by the committee under the chairmanship of Union home minister Amit Shah to six states from the National Disaster Response Fund (NDRF).

Rs.128.23 crore has been approved for Odisha and Rs 2,707.77 crore for West Bengal for cyclone ‘Amphan’.

For cyclone ‘Nisarga’ Rs 268.59 crore has been approved for Maharashtra.

Rs.577.84 crore has been approved for Karnataka, Rs 611.61 crore for Madhya Pradesh, and Rs 87.84 crore for Sikkim for floods and landslides during the South-West monsoon.

For immediate relief activities in the states, financial assistance of Rs. 1,000 crore was announced to West Bengal and Rs 500 crore to Odisha were released as an advance, on May 23as announced by the Prime Minster.

In addition, the Prime Minister had also announced Rs. 2 lakh ex-gratia for the next of kin of the dead and Rs. 50,000 for the injured, which was over and above the ex-gratia provided through the State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF) and the NDRF.

Inter-Ministerial Central Teams (IMCTs) were appointed immediately in all the six states after the disaster, without waiting for the receipt of Memorandum from the affected state governments.

Till date, Rs 15,524.43 crore has been released by the central government to 28 states from the SDRF during the financial year 2020-21.