New Delhi: The Central government has asked
Punjab and Haryana to utilise Rs 3,467 crore already given to
the two states from the Calamity Relief Fund (CRF) for
immediate flood relief works.
The Ministry of Home Affairs has issued an advisory to
the Punjab and Haryana governments that the balances available
at their disposal under the CRF should be utilised for
providing immediate relief to the people affected by floods in
the two states.
The balances already available at the disposal of Punjab
is Rs 2,316.46 crore and Haryana Rs 1,151.45 crore.
The state governments have been advised to deploy these
resources immediately in terms of extant guidelines.
They have also been informed that in case of additional
Central assistance, a memorandum indicating the total assessed
damage may be sent to the Central Government urgently so that
the dispatch of a Central team can be considered, an official
As on date in Haryana, five teams of 8th Bn National
Disaster Response Force (NDRF) consisting of 206 personnel
along with 32 boats have been deployed.
Similarly, in Punjab, five teams of 7th Bn NDRF
consisting of 194 personnel along with 28 boats have been
The flood situation in Punjab and Haryana continues to
remain grim with many places marooned after heavy rains caused
fresh breaches in river embankments and canals.