Hyderabad: Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao on Monday announced a financial package of Rs 550 crore to provide immediate relief to people residing in flood-affected areas of Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) including GHMC and its surrounding municipalities. The funds also have been released by the State government to the Municipal Administration department. The authorities have been instructed to implement the relief operations from Tuesday onwards and provide the financial assistance to the needy immediately.
In a statement, the Chief Minister observed that people residing in inundated areas have suffered severe losses after rain water entered into their homes and damaged their essential commodities. As part of the financial package, he announced that the State government will provide Rs 1 lakh each for completely collapsed houses and Rs 50,000 each for partially damaged houses. A financial assistance of Rs 10,000 will be provided to each flood-affected family as part of the relief operations. The State government had already announced an ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakh each for about 33 persons who lost their lives due to heavy rains in GHMC and neighbouring municipalities.
Chandrashekhar Rao instructed the officials to restore normalcy by taking up repair and restoration of the roads and other infrastructure battered due to heavy downpour. He pointed out that this was highest rainfall in Hyderabad city the last 100 years adversely affecting lives of people especially the poor and slum-dwellers. “People residing in low-lying areas were badly affected due to rains and it is the primary responsibility of the State government to extend them relief. Hence, the State government has decided to extend Rs 10,000 for each flood-affected family,” he declared.
The Chief Minister directed the district collectors of Hyderabad, Ranga Reddy and Medchal Malkajgiri to deploy about 200-250 official teams to extend financial aid to the needy commencing from Tuesday itself. He asked Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar to personally oversee the distribution of cheques. He also wanted the elected representatives including Ministers, MLAs, GHMC Mayor and corporators to involve in the relief operations and extend help to the poor to tide over the situation.
“The financial support to the flood-affected should be provided on a saturation basis till every family which had suffered losses due to these floods is covered. People should also come forward and register their names with the authorities concerned for the financial assistance,” Chandrashekhar Rao said. He gave a clarion call to the TRS cadre to participate in the relief operations and extend support to the flood victims.
The Chief Minster also urged the industrialists, traders, business establishments and others to come forward to extend their help to people who suffered due to heavy rains and floods. He asked them to donate generously to the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund.
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