Bhubaneswar: Seeking an early release of
assistance from Calamity Relief Funds (CRF), Orissa government
today earmarked spending of Rs 1208 crore on reconstruction
works in the flood affected areas within next 45 days,
official sources said.
This was decided at a high level meeting chaired by chief
secretary B K Patnaik here. Though the Centre had released Rs
154 crore as first instalment from the CRF prior to floods, it
would be requested to sanction the second instalment without
delay, Patnaik said.
Orissa`s share in the CRF was Rs 411 crore for the
year 2011-12 of which only Rs 154 crore had so far been
released. Therefore, the Centre had been requested to release
second instalment immediately not waiting till December, he
Of the Rs 1208 crore earmarked to be spent in 45 days,
panchayati raj department required Rs 151 crore followed by Rs
108 crore each by the works department and women and child
Health and family welfare, energy, fisheries, housing
and urban development departments would also undertake massive
activities in the flood hit areas during the period, the chief
secretary said adding that Rs 250 crore would be disbursed to
affected farmers as agriculture input subsidy.
The state government also decided to start work on
creating mounts and construction of helipads in flood prone
areas so that food material could be dumped at the time of
need, he said.