Centre sanctions Rs.107-crore drought aid

The Union government has sanctioned a drought-relief package of Rs.107 crore to Kerala.

The amount was sanctioned by the National Disaster Management Committee, headed by Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar, to carry out long-term agricultural projects and to resolve drinking water shortage in some districts.

State’s demand

The State government had sought Rs.7,888 crore from the Centre in representations given to the Home and Agriculture Ministers early this year.

However, some of the requests, such as compensating for loss due to disruption in power production from hydel power stations, could not be met as they were not covered under the stipulations for Central aid, sources said.

The Oommen Chandy government had estimated loss from damage to agriculture crops alone at Rs.5,980 crore. A high-level official team from the had Centre visited drought-affected areas in Palakkad, Ernakulam, Kollam, and Pathanamthitta districts this year.