The Odisha government has sought a long-term assistance of Rs 17,000 crore to combat natural calamities. The demand was made by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik to Narendra Modi on Monday as the Prime Minister conducted an aerial survey of cyclone-devastated Puri and Khurda districts. Patnaik urged the Centre to earmark Rs 10,000 crore for building permanent anti-calamity power infrastructure in the coastal areas susceptible to super cyclones.
After reviewing relief and restoration work with the government officials, Modi lauded the colossal efforts of the Odisha government of evacuating 1.2 million people in a short period before cyclone Fani’s landfall.
In addition, the chief minister has also asked the prime minister for an assistance of Rs 70 billion for building of 500,000 pucca houses, suggesting that the funding be apportioned between the Centre and state in the ratio of 90:10.
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