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GOVERNMENT OF INDIA Ministry of Home Affairs
RAJYA SABHA UNSTARRED QUESTION NO. 1482 ANSWERED ON THE DECEMBER 18, 2013 / AGRAHAYANA 27, 1935 (SAKA)
QUESTION Assistance Sought by Karnataka for Flood Relief1482. SHRI RAJEEV CHANDRASEKHAR:
Will the Minister of HOME AFFAIRS be pleased to state:
(a) the details of the assistance sought by the Government of Karnataka as per the State Disaster Relief Fund (SDRF) norms for the relief and emergent works in the wake of the floods during June to September, 2013 where 119 people lost their lives;
(b) the details of the funds released/to be released to the Government of Karnataka on this account;
(c) whether Government proposes to provide any additional assistance considering the fact that the losses due to heavy rains, floods and inundation is estimated to be around Rs. 2450 crores; and
(d) if so, the details thereof?
ANSWER MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF HOME AFFAIRS (SHRI MULLAPPALLY RAMACHANDRAN)
(a) to (d): The State Governments are primarily responsible for undertaking relief measures at ground level in the wake of natural calamities. The Government of India supplements the efforts of the State Governments by providing logistical and financial support. The relief in the various sectors is provided under the guideline of State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF) and National Disaster Response Fund (NDRF), in accordance with the items & norms approved by the Government of India.
The State Government of Karnataka has been allocated an amount of Rs. 186.33 crore (Rs. 139.75 crore as Central contribution and Rs. 46.58 crore as State contribution) in State Disaster Response Fund for the year 2013-14. The 1st installment of central share amounting to Rs. 69.875 crore was released to State Government on 3RD July 2013. The 2nd installment of the Central share is due for want of Utilization Certificate and annual report.
In the instant case, the Government of Karnataka had submitted a memorandum projecting the demand of Rs. 610.85 crore for floods during 2013. Upon receipt of the memorandum from the State Government of Karnataka, Inter-Ministerial Central Team (IMCT) visited the affected areas of the State from 23rd to 26th September 2013 for an on-the-spot assessment of damages caused by the flood of 2013. The report of the IMCT is being placed before the High Level Committee (HLC) for consideration in its meeting to be held shortly.