Union Min Alphons terms remark ‘political’

 New Delhi : Union Minister KJ Alphons on Monday termed Kerala Finance Minister Thomas Isaac’s comment that the Centre’s relief of Rs 100 crore for the flood-hit state was inadequate, a “political” one and alleged that he did not visit the worst-affected areas.

This comes a day after Home Minister Rajnath Singh sanctioned a grant of Rs 100 crore to flood-ravaged Kerala where 39 people have lost their lives in unprecedented rainfall, with the state pegging its damages at Rs 8,316 crore.

The Kerala government had sought an assistance of Rs 1,220 crore from the Centre to tide over the crisis.

Isaac on Monday took to Twitter to say the “precious” Rs 100 crore was “from the regular disaster management fund due to Kerala”.

During a media interaction at the Indian Women’s Press Club in the national capital, Union Tourism Minister Alphons said, “Thomas Isaac is complaining all the time. This is a completely political statement. During the UPA rule, the ministers from Kerala never visited the state in the event of a disaster unlike under the current regime.

The weather department issued a warning of heavy to very heavy rain at isolated places in at least eight districts in Uttrakhand in the next 24 hours, following which authorities were asked to stay alert to deal with any untoward situation.

28 killed as rains pound North India

Shimla/Lucknow: At least 18 people were killed in Himachal Pradesh while nine died in Uttar Pradesh as heavy rains pounded several parts of north India triggering landslides in hill states and many rivers flowing above the danger mark.

In Himachal Pradesh, incessant rains since Sunday triggered landslides at several places, closing roads and forcing authorities to advise tourists to reschedule their visit to the state.

In Haryana, heavy rains lashed Panchkula district and Ghaggar and Tangri rivers were in spate. There were reports of rain waters entering some slums.

Punjab’s Mohali, Rupnagar, Patiala, Jalandhar were among other places which received heavy rains.

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