Hyderabad: Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao on Monday announced a Rs 550 crore financial package to provide immediate relief to individuals residing in flood-affected urban local authority (ULB) areas, including GHMC and its surrounding municipalities.
The funds were also allocated to the Municipal Administration department by the state government. The authorities were ordered to carry out relief operations from Tuesday onwards and to provide the poor immediately with financial assistance.
In a statement, the Chief Minister noted that after rainwater entered their homes and destroyed their basic commodities, citizens residing in inundated areas suffered significant losses.
As part of the financial package, he declared that Rs 1 lakh each for totally collapsed houses and Rs 50,000 each for partially damaged houses would be given by the state government.
As part of the relief operations, each flood-affected family will be given financial assistance of Rs 10,000. An ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakh each for approximately 33 people who lost their lives due to heavy rains in GHMC and neighbouring municipalities was already announced by the state government.
By taking up repair and reconstruction of roads and other infrastructure battered due to heavy downpour, Chandrashekhar Rao instructed the officials to restore normalcy.
He pointed out that the greatest rainfall in the city of Hyderabad has adversely affected the lives of people in the last 100 years , particularly the poor and slum-dwellers.
Because of the floods, people living in low-lying areas were badly affected and it is the primary responsibility of the state government to extend relief to them. Hence, for each flood-affected family, the state government has agreed to extend Rs 10,000, he said.
The Chief Minister directed Hyderabad, Ranga Reddy and MedchalMalkajgiri district collectors to deploy around 200-250 official teams to extend financial assistance to the poor starting from Tuesday alone. He requested Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar to supervise the distribution of cheques personally.
He also decided to include the elected officials, including ministers, MLAs, GHMC Mayor, and companies, in the relief operations and extend assistance to the poor to resolve the crisis.
Financial assistance should be provided on a saturation basis to the flood-affected until any family that has suffered losses due to these floods is protected.
People should also come forward for financial assistance and register their names with the authorities concerned, ”said Chandrashekhar Rao. He called on the TRS System to engage in the relief operations and to extend assistance to the victims of the floods.
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. (INN)