NATIONAL

Rs. 472.93 crores released for States with poor rainfall

NEW DELHI, AUG. 21. The Centre has asked States which had initially received deficient rainfall to review their `interim' demands for advance release of funds from the Calamity Relief Fund (CRF) in view of the changed monsoon situation.

The Centre had released a total of Rs. 472.93 crores in advance from the Calamity Relief Fund to Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Punjab, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh. An advance release of Rs. 25.84 crores had been recommended for Jharkhand. Of the Rs. 472.93 crores, Rajasthan, which lost the first sowing of coarse cereals due to drought, was given Rs. 94.35 crores, Gujarat (Rs. 73.57 crores), Maharashtra (Rs. 71.65 crores), Uttar Pradesh (Rs. 66.68 crores), Punjab (Rs. 55.93 crores), Andhra Pradesh (Rs. 45.14 crores), Haryana (Rs. 37.06 crores) and Madhya Pradesh (Rs. 28.55 crores) .

Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh had also been allocated one lakh and 50 thousand tonnes of foodgrains valued at Rs. 100 crores and Rs. 50 crores respectively to initiate relief employment, if necessary. The Railways had transported water free of cost to the affected towns in Rajasthan.

Close monitoring

The Government feels that although the rain in August had brought about significant improvement in many States, the situation in Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand and parts of Bihar needed close monitoring. As per information made available by the Ministry of Home Affairs, which is the nodal agency for disaster management, floods had so far caused damage to cropped area on 60.19-lakh hectares.