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Yet to get 'single paisa' from Centre for Bulbul-hit areas: Mamata

The chief minister said several tracts of land are still submerged, and it will take time to drain out the water

Press Trust of India  |  Kolkata 

West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee during the launch of a new campaign 'Didi Ke Bolo', in Kolkata
West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee during the launch of a new campaign 'Didi Ke Bolo', in Kolkata

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday said the state is yet to receive a "single paisa" as financial help from the Centre for 'Bulbul'-affected areas, despite the prime minister's assurance.

An estimate of Rs 23,000 crore was given to a central team which visited three coastal districts -- North 24 Parganas, South 24 Parganas and East Midnapore districts -- to review the extent of loss, but no amount has been received from the Union government, Banerjee said in the assembly.

"We have not received a single paisa till today from the central government. We hope that they will help because the day after 'Bulbul' made landfall, PM Narendra Modi had tweeted about helping the state. But, we have not got anything," she said during the Question Hour.

The chief minister said several tracts of land are still submerged, and it will take time to drain out the water.

"Bulbul came at a time when the three districts were full of paddy which were ready for harvest. The storm left behind a trail of destruction, damaging houses, road, paddy cultivation and betel-leaf farming," Banerjee said.

"Though not many lives were lost, thanks to the precautionary measures taken by the police and adminisration, we had to shift 1.78 lakh people to shelter camps," she said.

Over 15 lakh hectare of agricultural land was devasted, five lakh houses destroyed and 15 people lost their lives in the natural calamity, the CM said, adding, her government would rebuild the houses under Bangla Awas Yojana.

Farmers covered under the state's crop insurance scheme will get 100 per cent compensation from the government, Banerjee said.

The state has already provided Rs 2.4 lakh each to the families of those killed in the cyclone, she said.

"An amount of Rs 1,200 crore was released from the state finance department to help the farmers," Banerjee said and added that it would also disburse Rs 5,000 each to betel leaf farmers who faced huge losses.

First Published: Mon, December 02 2019. 19:00 IST
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