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Only 10 states get crores for disaster fund



New Delhi : Many disaster-affected states did not seek the Central assistance on time and hence only 10 states, including Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh, qualified early this week for funds from the Centre to help the people hit by the natural disasters. A high-level committee headed by Home Minister Rajnath Singh sanctioned a little over Rs 5,000 crore as Central assistance to 10 states.

Tamil Nadu got the highest Rs 2014.45 crore, followed by Bihar Rs 822.96 crore, and Andhra Pradesh Rs 584.21 crore. Rajasthan got the fourth highest Rs 370.27 crore, followed by Rs 314.22 crore to Telangana and Rs 303.05 crore to Uttar Pradesh. The Home Ministry sources said the committee approved the money after examining the proposals and the recommendations of the inter-ministerial central teams that visited the states affected by floods, landslides, cloudburst, hail storm, cyclones and drought during the Kharif season.