Kerala Floods: Losses Pegged At Rs 20,000 Cr, CM Asks Modi For 2,000 Cr, Receives Only 30% – 600 Cr
The misplaced priorities of the BJP government at the centre are no longer a matter of speculation.
Torrential rains have ravaged the southern state of Kerala, killing over 300 and displacing more than 3 lakh people. Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has pegged the estimated cost of the damage to the state at a little under Rs. 20,000 crore.
In a meeting convened to assess the flood situation in the State, CM Pinarayi Vijayan informed Hon’ble Prime Minister Narendra Modi that the State has suffered a loss of ₹19,512 crore as per initial assessment. #KeralaFloods pic.twitter.com/f6SSmzjfj7
— CMO Kerala (@CMOKerala) August 18, 2018
CM Vijayan asked the centre for an assistance of Rs. 2,000 crore which is roughly 10 per cent of the total damage, but received an assurance of only Rs. 500 crore after PM Narendra Modi visited the state, in addition to the Rs 100 crore announced by Home Minister Rajnath Singh.
The Central government’s coffers have generously shelled out thousands of crores for things such as Rs. 1,200 crore allocated to the Uttar Pradesh government to organise the “Kumbh Mela”, as well as the whopping Rs. 2000 crore allocated for a statue of Sardar Patel.
However, when it comes to rebuilding the lives of a people of an entire state of the country, the Modi government could only provide 30 percent of the Rs. 2,000 crore that CM Vijayan asked for.