Special Correspondent

`Revise norms for aid under calamity funds'

  • `Situation in flood-hit affected areas under control'
  • More medical teams, medicines required: Chief Minister

    NEW DELHI: Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday and sought a special Central assistance package of Rs.3,284 crore to mitigate the suffering of the people in the flood-ravaged districts of the State. More than 140 people and 75,000 livestock are reported killed in the unprecedented floods in parts of the desert State.

    "Rarest of rare'' case

    Ms. Raje urged the Prime Minister to revise the norms for assistance under the National Calamity Contingency Fund and the Calamity Relief Fund in view of the unprecedented nature and magnitude of floods in the State. It was the "rarest of rare'' case of natural calamity that had hit the State.

    Central assistance of Rs.100 crore was not adequate to meet even the emergency relief needs, she said.

    PM's assurance

    The Prime Minister was sympathetic and reportedly assured the Chief Minister of all possible Central assistance. A Central team is already in Rajasthan to assess the damage caused by floods.

    Ms. Raje informed Dr. Singh that the situation in the affected areas was under control and relief operation were being carried out on a war footing. She, however, said there was concern about the situation.

    Already 7,500 flood-affected people had been evacuated and more than 10,000 people shifted to relief camps.

    However, considering the magnitude of the flood situation in the State, 273 additional medical teams and medicines are required. For this she sought the Central Government's authority to hire spot medical teams. The floods had affected 67 lakh people in 8,814 villages across 12 districts, she said.

    The State Government has taken steps for restoration of damaged roads, power and drinking water supply in the affected districts except in those that are still submerged.

    More than 200 medical teams have been deployed for vaccinations against infections, spraying disinfectants and disposal of animal carcasses with the help of gram panchayats.

    "More than 225 veterinary teams are combing the affected areas for vaccination and treatment," she said.