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Karnataka CM meets Amit Shah, seeks ₹2,000 crore for flood relief

Karnataka Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa on Sunday met Union Home Minister Amit Shah and sought ₹2,000 crore as urgent relief for the flood-affected State.

Speaking to reporters, he said the Centre has assured that a decision on providing assistance from the National Disaster Relief Fund (NDRF) will be taken after a central team, which is assessing the extent of damage in the State, submits its report in the next two to three days.

“We have demanded ₹2,000 crore as central assistance for flood relief. We do have a resource constraint. But despite this, the State government has released about ₹1,000 crore so far. Release of central funds will ease the burden on us,” Mr. Yediyurappa told reporters here. The State government has estimated ₹38,451 crore as the damages caused by the floods in the State.

A decision on this matter will most likely be taken after the Prime Minister returns to India, he added.

Mr. Shah has also assured that flood relief and other emergency works will not be affected in the State as they have been exempted from the purview of the poll code, said Mr. Yediyurappa.

Bypolls in the State will be held on October 21.

Karnataka Deputy Chief Ministers Ashwath Narayan and Laxman Savadi and Home Minister Basavaraj Bommai were also present in the meeting.

Source: thehindu.com

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