Odisha demanded 500 crore from Centre

Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik wrote to prime minister Narendra Modi seeking an assistance of Rs 500 crore from the National Disaster Response Fund (NDRF) towards damages caused in the state by Cyclone Hudhud.

In a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik stated that cyclone Hud Hud, which passed through the State on October 12, caused extensive damage to infrastructure, agriculture and houses. The cyclone, which affected eight districts, damaged more than 80,000 houses and caused extensive damage to the power sector. Over 2.47 lakh people were evacuated to safer places.

Naveen said a memorandum would be submitted to the Centre by the State Government after final estimate of the damages is completed.

Accusing the BJP Government at the Centre of adopting a step-motherly approach towards Odisha, state Congress President Jaydev Jena today slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi for not announcing any assistance to the state hit by cyclone Hudhud.

“It is ironical that the prime minister announced Rs 1,000 crore for Andhra Pradesh, but nothing for Odisha though southern districts of the state were equally affected by the cyclone,” Jena said here.

While Modi visited cyclone-hit areas of Andhra Pradesh and held a review at Visakhapatnam, he did not bother to tour any of the places in Odisha affected by Hudhud, he said claiming it showed the Centre was adopting a step-motherly approach towards Odisha.

The state government on Wednesday announced Rs 5 crore assistance to Andhra Pradesh that was battered by cyclone Hudhud. It would also supply electricity to parts of AP, sharing borders with Odisha, official sources said.

The state-owned Omfed will supply one lakh litre of milk free of cost to cyclone-battered Andhra Pradesh. Officials sources said 22,000 litre of milk was sent to AP on Thursday and 28,000 litre the previous day. In the next three days, Omfed will send another 50,000 litre.

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