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Odisha: 65.87% Gap In Centre's Assistance For Natural Disasters

22 November 2019

Debashish Maharana

Bhubaneswar: Odisha has received a total of Rs 4056.70 crore as assistance for major natural disasters from the Centre in the last five years against a demand of Rs 11,886.81 crore from the National Disaster Response Fund (NDRF), informed Revenue & Disaster Management Minister Sudam Marndi.

An analysis of the data provided by the Minister suggests a deficit of Rs 7,830.11 crore Central assistance as against the demand of Rs 11,886.81 crore raised by the State.

In percentage terms, the deficit turns out to overall 65.87 percent as against the State's demand.

Responding to a question, the Minister has presented year-wise data in tabular format starting from drought in 2015 to Cyclone Fani in 2019.

As per the data, the State government had sought an assistance of Rs 2344.99 crore from the Centre for drought assistance in 2015 against which the latter sanctioned Rs 600.52 crore. The deficit in percentage terms is 74.39.

Similarly, the State had requested for an assistance of Rs 2779.32 crore for 'Cyclone Titli' and the floods thereafter, the Centre has provided only Rs 341.72 crore, a  deficit of 87.70 percent over the demand.

Besides, the Centre has not paid a single paisa for the drought in 2018 against a request for Rs 1534.82 crore.

Further, the State government had raised a demand of Rs 5227.68 crore for 'Cyclone Fani', the Centre sanctioned an assistance of Rs 3114.47 crore which is a deficit of 59.58 in percentage terms as against the demand raised by the State.