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Central team assures maximum relief

india Updated: Sep 03, 2006 13:44 IST

THE CENTRAL Study Team that visited the State to assess losses caused by heavy rains and flood has assured of recommendations for maximum relief from the Central Government.
State Government officials on Saturday reiterated its requirement of about Rs 750 crore worth of financial aid from the Central Government to tide over the losses.

On the concluding day of the three-day visit to the flood and excessive rain-affected areas of the State, the seven-member Central Study Team headed by Joint Secretary, Government of India, Dinesh Singh held discussions with senior officials at the Mantralaya here today.  The members were informed about the losses suffered and the State Government’s requisitions of Central assistance to cope up with the situation.

Agriculture Production Commissioner Iqbal Ahmed, Principal Secretary of Revenue and Relief Pukhraj Maroo, Principal Secretary of School Education Indraneel Dani, Agriculture Secretary Pravesh Sharma, Revenue Secretary Rashmi Shukla, Health Commissioner Rajesh Rajora, Development Commissioner Wasim Akhtar, Energy Secretary Sanjay Bandopadhyay, Public Health Engineering Secretary P C Meena, Urban Administration Secretary Malay Shrivastava and Bhopal Divisional Commissioner K K Singh were among the senior officials who attended the meeting.

On the occasion, the team members were informed that due to the recent natural calamity, a total of 97,668 houses had been damaged while 131 persons were killed and seven were missing. In addition, cattle loss was registered at 8,991.

Heavy showers affected the districts of Indore, Dhar, Jhabua, Khandwa, Burhanpur, Khargone, Barwani, Ujjain, Ratlam, Dewas, Shajapur, Mandsaur, Neemuch, Sagar, Bhopal, Sehore, Raisen, Rajgarh, Vidisha, Hoshangabad, Harda, Narsinghpur, Seoni, Mandla and Balaghat. Rains had affected Bhopal city in the worst manner. Over 660 villages in these districts were severely affected.

The officials put requirements for employment and relief to the affected families at Rs 200 crore while estimates of another Rs 549.63 crore was presented for compensation towards deaths, cattle loss, house damage, health, drinking water, food grains, electricity and damaged infrastructure.

This included losses to the Departments of Health (Rs 15 crore), Veterinary (Rs 5 crore), Agriculture (Rs 100 crore), PWD (Rs 111.23 crore), Water Resources (Rs 10.90 crore), Energy (Rs 11.50 crore), School Education (Rs 31.40 crore), Urban Administration (Rs 50 crore), Panchayat and Rural Development (Rs 100 crore) and PHE (Rs 25 crore).

The team expressed its consent on providing assistance for damaged electricity poles and towers also.