Modi announces Rs 1,000cr relief for cyclone-hit Bengal

23 May, 2020 12:00 AM printer

New Delhi: The central government stands with West Bengal in these testing times and will provide immediate advance assurance of Rs 1,000 crore, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Friday as he wrapped up a visit to the state that had been battered by cyclone Amphan this week, reports Hindustan Times. 

This is PM Modi’s first outstation visit in nearly three months.

PM Modi was received at the airport by governor Jagdeep Dhankhar and chief minister Mamata Banerjee - who accompanied him on the aerial survey of some of the worst-affected parts of the state before landing near a school in Basirhat, 50 km from Kolkata airport.

PM Modi held a review meeting at the school where Mamata Banerjee pitched for greater central assistance to help people rebuild their lives. Banerjee said at least 80 people had been killed in Bengal due to the cyclone, many due to electrocution.

In a brief statement to the media after the meeting, PM Modi said the Centre and state are working together to provide all possible help to people.“All aspects relating to rehabilitation, reconstruction will be addressed. We all want West Bengal to move ahead. The Centre will always stand with West Bengal in these testing times,” PM Modi said.

PM Modi didn’t get into Mamata Banerjee’s demand to declare the cyclone that had wreaked havoc in the state as a ‘national disaster’.