Kerala floods: Centre assures more funds; says Rs 600 crore only advance assistance

Prime News, National (New Delhi), August 24:- Amidst a row over accepting funds from foreign governments for flood-ravaged Kerala, the Centre on Thursday assured a release of additional funds for the state after an inter-ministerial team visits the state again and assesses the damage. It also added that Rs 600 crore released two days ago to was only the advance assistance. “It is clarified that Rs 600 crore released by Centre is the advance assistance only. Additional funds would be released from NDRF on assessment of the damages as per laid down procedure,” the statement said.

A heated argument took place between the Kerala government and the Centre after India refused to accept funds from foreign governments for Kerala. The United Arab Emirates (UAE) had offered USD 100 million (around Rs 700 crore) and the government declared that it will not take any financial assistance from foreign governments in sync with an existing policy.

On Tuesday, the central government had released Rs 600 crore to flood-hit Kerala as promised by Prime Minister Narendra Modi (Rs 500 crore) and Home Minister Rajnath Singh (Rs 100 crore) during their visits to the state. The home ministry said during the floods in Kerala, the Centre has provided urgent aid and relief material in a timely manner and without any reservation. (MR, Inputs: Agencies).

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