Kerala Flood: Adding Insult to Injury, Centre Asks Kerala to Pay Rs 33 Crores for Flood Rescue Operations
The sum also includes Rs 2,03,15,000 to be paid to the Indian Air Force for airlift services provided.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government at the Centre has reportedly sent a bill of Rs 33 crores to the Kerala state for rescue operations carried out during floods in the state in August 2018. Reportedly, this sum also includes Rs 2,03,15,000 to be paid the Indian Air Force for airlift services provided to help the affected in the calamity.
NDTV reported that the letter sent by the Centre to Kerala government stated that the sum was payable to the Controller of Defence Accounts.
Addressing the media, an angry Pinarayi Vijayan, Kerala chief minister reportedly blasted the Centre’s decision. He noted, “This bill should be seen as been sent by the central government. We, in the recent past, have also written to the central government, stating that we were expecting the ration, including an extra quota of rice and kerosene as free of charge, given as assistance during the floods. But we’ve not received any response to even that.”
Calling out the disproportionate aid sent by Centre towards flood relief, Vijayan added, “The estimated loss in the state has been around Rs 31,000 crores. We received Rs 600 crores from the Centre as an emergency fund. And now we have to pay these bills from that money and will be left with an even lesser amount. We shouldn’t be disappointed. The truth is that we have got much less than what we should have received as financial assistance from the Centre. Let’s hope that they will calculate all this and give us an equivalent amount as assistance.”
Reportedly, the chief minister said he had written to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh post the disaster, asking for two high-level meetings for flood relief. “State has also submitted two memorandums to the Centre after the August floods… But the high-level committee hasn’t met yet to examine the reports of the two central teams that visited Kerala,” Vijayan underlined.
Congress leader and Thiruvananthapuram Member of Parliament Shashi Tharoor, too, criticised the furnished bill.
The Central Govt has given ₹600cr towards damages of ₹31000cr incurred by Kerala, & now wants ₹33cr of it back. Hope they don’t ask the flood-hit state to pay for @PMOIndia ‘s aerial inspection flight as well! https://t.co/snTfKP9ONT
— Shashi Tharoor (@ShashiTharoor) November 29, 2018