Visit of Union Home Minister
During peak floods in the Mahanadi river system on 23rd September 2008, Hon’ble Union Home Minister made an aerial survey of the flood affected areas accompanied, among others, by the Vice-chairman, National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) and Secretary, Border Management, Government of India. A preliminary memorandum was submitted to Hon’ble Minister indicating the approximate loss of Rs.2454.35 Crore and it was requested to grant at least Rs.1500 crore to Orissa out of National Calamity Contingency Fund (NCCF) and sanction of 2 lakh IAY houses immediately.
Realizing the gravity and magnitude of the devastation, the Home Minister, Government of India announced financial assistance amounting to Rs.500 crore to the State towards immediate relief and restoration. Subsequently, the Union Home Minister reiterated the Government of India’s commitment for such assistance vide his letter No.V-23566/HMP/2008 dated 29th September 2008 addressed to Hon’ble Chief Minister, Orissa.
A preliminary memorandum was submitted to Hon’ble Home Minister, Govt. of India on 23.09.08 indicating the approximate loss of Rs.2454.35 Crore. In view of the devastating floods, the Government of India was requested to grant at least Rs.1500 crore to Orissa out of National Calamity Contingency Fund (NCCF) and 2.00 lakh IAY houses immediately.
During the visit to the flood affected areas of the State on 23.09.08, Hon’ble Union Home Minister announced an assistance of Rs.500.00 crore out of NCCF. This was again confirmed by the Government of India vide their letter No.23566 dt.29.09.08. But subsequently, only Rs.98.87 crore out of NCCF was released.
Submission of Memorandum
Finally as per the damage report received from Collectors and Departments, the total loss to various sectors comes to Rs.2687.43 crore.A Memorandum on this effect was submitted to Govt. of India on dt.19.11.08 requesting financial assistance of Rs.2687.43 crore out of NCCF for completion the process of relief and restoration measures caused due to floods 2008 and Special allocation of 2 lakh IAY houses for flood victims of BPL category( whose houses have been damaged due to floods).
Visit of the Central Team
The Government of India had deputed an Inter- Ministerial Central Team led by Shri O. Ravi, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs for an on spot assessment of the damages from 06th to 09th January, 2009.