Good news for the flood affected areas in Andhra Pradesh. The Union Finance Ministry today has confirmed to the media that immediate steps were taken to release funds towards relief and rescue within the state.
The central government has stated that it has allocated Rs. 1,030 crore to Andhra Pradesh towards the disaster management, and more help would be extended to the severely affected States post a detailed assessment. A special team from Delhi will visit AP shortly to analyse the exact situation.
“A letter has been received from the Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister seeking Central assistance” confirmed the Finance Ministry said on Tuesday (24 Nov 2015).
The centre is still awaiting AP Govt’s memorandum reflecting the extent of damage.
It has to be remembered that every year, Centre would meet 75 per cent of the State Disaster Relief Fund (SDRF), and the remainder will be paid by the respective States. If the consequences of a disaster could not be handled with the money released from the SDRF, a claim can be made to the National Disaster Relief Fund (NDRF). Surplus money would then be released on the basis of the final assessment. The Ministry of Home Affairs will champion the assessment.