Bhubaneswar: The Orissa government on Tuesday
decided to extend the provision of relief for 10 more days to
help the flood-hit BPL families while the Pradesh Congress
Committee (PCC) urged party president Sonia Gandhi to assist
the calamity-affected people.
Though the state government had suspended relief
operation in flood affected districts after water receded from
villages, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik directed extension of
relief provision for BPL families, said special relief
commissioner PK Mohapatra.
Patnaik took this decision at a stock taking meeting
after visiting some of the flood affected villages in nearby
Khurda district earlier in the day.
"During his visit, several BPL families had demanded
extension of relief," said an official accompanying the chief
minister to Balianta and Balipatna blocks in Khurda district.
Stating that about seven lakh BPL families would be
benefited from the government`s decision to extend the relief,
the SRC said about 56 lakh families in 21 districts were hit
in the two spells of floods during September.
Meanwhile, the state government claimed that it had
already distributed house damage assistance to the affected
families in 17 of the 19 districts hit by the first phase of
floods. Similarly, house damage assistance had also been
distributed in five districts hit by the second spell of
floods, the SRC said.