Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister K Rosaiah and his 34 cabinet colleagues will donate Rs 50,000 each, totalling to Rs 17.50 lakh, to the CM Relief Fund towards flood relief and rehabilitation works in the state.
"This was an unprecedented flood which caused massive destruction in five districts of the state. Hence, to support the government efforts in rehabilitating the flood victims, all the ministers decided to donate Rs 50,000 each," State Information Minister J Geeta Reddy told newsmen at the end of a Cabinet meeting in Hyderabad on Thursday.
The Cabinet meeting, chaired by Rosaiah, discussed at length the devastation caused by the floods and the relief and rehabilitation operations taken up by the government.
The Cabinet thanked all donors--individuals and corporates who contributed to the CMRF.
In a resolution adopted at the meeting, the Cabinet thanked Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi for conducting an aerial survey of the flood-ravaged districts and announcing a financial assistance of Rs 1000 crore as a first installment.
The Cabinet also mourned the death of 90 persons in e floods and expressed sympathies to bereaved families, she said.
Reddy said there was no clarity yet on whether the Rs 1000 crore announced by the Prime Minister was a grant or loan.'