NEW DELHI: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister K. Rosaiah has urged Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to release an additional Rs. 6,000 crore, under the National Calamity Contingency Fund (NCCF), to the State to take up relief and rehabilitation measures in the flood-hit areas .
Mr. Rosaiah, who met the Prime Minister here on Wednesday, said as per a preliminary estimate, public and private properties worth Rs. 12,225 crore had been damaged and standing crops on more than 1 lakh acres affected.
The Chief Minister asked Dr. Singh to declare this calamity as a “National Calamity of rare severity” and render appropriate assistance.
He also wanted an additional grant of Rs. 53 crore for the Nizam Institute of Medical Sciences (NIMS) for its upgradation and providing extra facilities like gas manifold, operation theatre equipment, office and hospital furniture etc.
Similarly, he wanted the Centre to restore the Above Poverty Line (APL) rice allocation for 2009-10 to the same level of 2007-08 to make uninterrupted supply of rice to the targeted group through PDS. Mr. Rosaiah also sought Central assistance for long-term rehabilitation and reconstruction of damaged infrastructure, which were outside the purview of the Calamity Relief Fund and NCCF schemes.
He met Defence Minister A.K. Antony and urged him, among other things, to increase coastal security in the State by commissioning more coast guard stations, establish the regional headquarters of the Coast Guard in AP and start a coast guard training academy in the State to train marine police and fishermen.
He also wanted speeding up of the process of take over the Hindustan Shipyard Limited in Visakhapatnam by the Defence Ministry from the Shipping Ministry.