Mumbai: The Prime Minister has announced a relief package of Rs 1,000 crore for West Bengal and Rs 2-2 lakh for the next of kin of the dead and Rs 50,000 for the injured in the devastation of Cyclone Amphan.
“West Bengal will be given an advance assurance of Rs 1,000 crore. Rs 2 lakh will be given to the kin of the deceased and Rs 50,000 will be given to those seriously injured due to the cyclone in some parts of West Bengal,” the Prime Minister said.
The Prime Minister said that all aspects related to rehabilitation, reconstruction will be taken care of and the Center will always stand with West Bengal during these testing times.
The Center will send a team to conduct a detailed survey about the damage caused by the cyclone and the current situation in the affected areas of West Bengal.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi also said that the West Bengal government has made all efforts under Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to deal with the situation created due to cyclone Amfan and COVID-19 crisis.
“Dealing with COVID-19 requires social disturbances while battling the Amfan cyclone requires people to move to safer areas. Despite these contradictions, the West Bengal government led by Mamta Ji has taken the position. We have made every effort to deal with it. We are with them in these adverse times,” said Prime Minister Modi here
Speaking about the aerial survey, which he did with Banerjee, the Prime Minister said: “My thoughts are with all those who have lost their lives due to the cyclone. Centre and State are working together to provide all possible help to people. With the Governor and the Chief Minister, an aerial survey was done. They have also briefed me on the prevailing situation.”
Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Modi made an aerial survey of the areas affected by cyclone Amfan in West Bengal.