Union Govt sanctions Rs 317.44-cr for Himachal as relief for damage by Natural Disasters

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New Delhi: The Union Government today approved the release of Rs 7,214 crore to six states and a Union Territory, including Rs 317.44 crore to Himachal Pradesh to meet losses due to floods and landslides.

In a High Level Committee chaired by the Union Home Minister, Rajnath Singh, sanctioned the additional Central assistance from National Disaster Response Fund (NDRF) of Rs 7,214.03 crore to six states and one Union Territory.

The Union Finance Minister Piyush Goel, Union Minister for Agriculture Radha Mohan Singh and senior officers of the Ministries of Home Affairs, Finance, Agriculture and NITI Aayog were present in the meeting.

The committee has approved Rs 317.44 crore to Himachal Pradesh (floods & landslides), Rs 191.73 crore to Uttar Pradesh (floods), Rs. 900.40 crore to Andhra Pradesh (drought), Rs. 127.60 crore to Gujarat (drought), Rs. 949.49 crore to Karnataka (drought), Rs. 4,714.28 crore to Maharashtra (drought) and Rs. 13.09 crore to UT of Puducherry (cyclone).

The state of Himachal was badly affected by the monsoon rain. Many roads were damaged badly and bridges were swept away in monsoon rain. At many parts landslides had damaged roads and even threaten some houses. Many landslides were accrued on Mandi-Manali stretch and even suspended vehicular traffic during the monsoon. Even administration had to issue alert. Chandigarh Shimla highway was other busy road affected during the monsoon rain. Upper Shimla district region was another area badly affected from landslides.