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Rajasthan seeks Rs 32 bn aid

india Updated: Sep 05, 2006 14:52 IST

Rajasthan on Wednesday sought an assistance of Rs 32 billion from the central government for relief operations following the floods that hit many parts of the state this month.

"We have sent a memorandum to the prime minister seeking an assistance of Rs 32 billion on account of the losses the state has suffered due to the floods," Relief Minister Kirori Lal Meena told a press conference here.

"We have requested the prime minister to release the funds at the earliest," he said.

Most parts of Rajasthan are drought-prone and flash floods took residents by surprise. Barmer district in the Thar desert saw once-in-a-century floods last week that have claimed at least 104 lives, while 35 people have died elsewhere during the monsoon season.

The minister said some of the affected areas had experienced their worst ever floods.

Floods affected 12 districts of the state - Udaipur, Banswara, Chittorgarh, Dungarpur, Rajsamand, Jhalawar, Kota, Barmer, Jalore, Pali, Sirohi and Jaisalmer.

Meena said Rs 12.30 billion were sought for giving employment to affected families, while Rs 5.20 billion as an input subsidy for affected farmers.

Besides, a sum of Rs 4 billion is needed to relocate submerged villages.

Repair and restoration of the damaged houses would require Rs 1.24 billion, the minister said.

"Road network in certain areas has been completely washed away due to the floods, so we have requested the central government to provide us a sum of Rs 3.33 billion for repair and restoration of roads," he said.

Drinking water was another problem the state requires Rs 1.18 billion to rebuild the facilities to provide drinking water.

Rajasthan has also sought an assistance of Rs 3.18 billion for healthcare, including veterinary healthcare, and for replacing the dead animals.