Mumbai: Raigad district will have an NDRF Base Camp soon, DCM Ajit Pawar told Maharashtra legislative assembly on Monday and said that the state government would follow up the issue and ensure the base camp is developed. He was replying to a discussion in the House about the emergency situation due to torrential rains in the state over the weekend.
Pawar also said that the government is keeping a close eye on the situation across the state and relief material is being sent out to wherever it is necessary at earliest.
Pawar also told the house that the state government has already allocated ₹8,677 crore towards relief for farmers affected by incessant rains, floods and snails attack last year, while ₹513 crore have been allocated for relief for farmers affected by incessant rains in the month of March and April this year. ₹1,500 crore more have been allocated towards the relief for farm produce destroyed due to incessant rains of which ₹600 crore have been released via DBT transfer.
Relief work going at full swing
When a member raised the issue of proposed NDRF base camp in Raigad district, Pawar assured the House that the state government shall follow the issue with the Union government and ensure that the base camp is developed in Raigad district.
Relief work is going on in full swing in all the places it was needed. People in low lying areas have been shifted to safer places, distribution of emergency relief and food items have been started wherever necessary, he said adding that the government shall stand firmly beside all its citizen in the need of the hour.
'Tapri's also to get relief
The government has decided to increase the emergency relief amount given in cases where flood water enters the houses from ₹5,000 to ₹10,000, Pawar told the house in a separate statement later. He also said that though shops and small 'tapri's are not generally considered for such emergency relief, the state government has decided to extend the help to them like last year. A review of incessant rains and flood situation across the state shall be taken on Tuesday at a video conference of all the officials concerned from all districts across the state and the legislators will be updated about it, the DCM promised the House.
As soon as the house gathered for the business in the morning Dr Sunil Kute, BJP MLA from Jalgaon Jamod constituency of Buldana district raised the issue of havoc caused by the incessant rains in western Vidarbha over past two days. Several other members too expressed concern over the situation after which Speaker Adv Rahul Narvekar allowed a special discussion and asked DCM Pawar to inform the house about the relief measures being engaged by the government.