Bengaluru: Kerala government on Wednesday announced a relief package for flood victims. Over 95 people have been killed so far and some two lakh displaced, as per official estimates .
Every displaced family will get ₹10,000, and for damaged houses the government will give ₹4 lakh, pending an official estimation, said chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan. Kin of the deceased will receive ₹4 lakh. This is one of the highest compensation packages announced among flood-hit states so far, according to the state government.
"Kerala announces package for flood compensation: Every disaster dislocated family to receive ₹10,000 , fully damaged houses ₹4 lakh, 15 kg free rice for fisher folks and families in the affected areas and ₹4 lakh for disaster related deaths," tweeted state finance minister TM Thomas Isaac.
Meanwhile, the CM criticised Union minister of state for external affairs and BJP leader from Kerala V. Muraleedharan for the latter's comment that “enough" central aid has been distributed in the flood-hit state.
"I was told by the Union Minister of State for Home that when he asked the Kerala Chief Minister if he was happy with the Centre's response, Pinarayi Vijayan remarked, this is enough," Muraleedharan was quoted by website The Newsminute as saying on Tuesday.
“I haven't said central aid is enough to union MoS for home, Nityananda Rai, MoS had called. I couldn't follow his Hindi. So we arranged for my secretary to speak to his secretary. We haven't said central aid is enough," Vijayan told reporters on Wednesday.
Muraleedharan claimed the state has not yet spent ₹1,500 crore out of the ₹3,000 crore sanctioned as central aid last year. Vijayan said the money for long term projects like rebuiling cannot be expected to be spent within a year.