Centre approves a grant of Rs 1991.35 crore for Uttarakhand, Karnataka

The grant was approved under the National Disaster Relief Fund after the Committee examined the proposal based on the reports of the Inter-Ministerial Central Team (IMCT) which visited the states.

Centre approves a grant of Rs 1991.35 crore for Uttarakhand, Karnataka

After chairing a high-level committee meeting for central assistance, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday approved a grant of around Rs 1,782 crore to drought-affected Karnataka and Rs 209 crore to Uttarakhand which had been hit by floods in 2013.

The grant was approved under the National Disaster Relief Fund after the Committee examined the proposal based on the reports of the Inter-Ministerial Central Team (IMCT) which visited the states.


A released issued by Home Ministry said: "The HLC approved the assistance from the National Disaster Relief Fund (NDRF) and National Rural Drinking Water Programme (NRDWP) in respect of Uttarakhand to the tune of Rs 208.91 crore (Rs 188.91 cr + Rs 20 cr). The HLC also approved an amount of Rs 1782.44 crore from the National Disaster Relief Fund in respect of Karnataka."

The meeting chaired by the Union Home Minister had Vice Chairman, NITI Aayog, Arvind Panagariya; Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi; and senior officers of the Ministries of Home Affairs, Finance and Agriculture in attendance.
The Karnataka government had sought a central relief of Rs 4,702 crore for loss of 2016 kharif crops because of severe drought in the state.
The state has been facing severe drought for the past six years. The drought in 2016-17 was the worst in 40 years. It has declared 139 taluks out of 176 drought-hit.