The Centre will deploy an inter-ministerial team to West Bengal to assess the extent of damage in the state has suffered

Prime Minister Narendra Modi who visited West Bengal on Friday to review the situation arising out of Cyclone Amphan, announced a financial assistance of Rs 1,000 crore to the state for immediate relief activities.

Prime Minister expressed his complete solidarity with the people of West Bengal and expressed deep sorrow to the families who have lost their kin during the calamity. He announced an ex-gratia of Rs. 2 lakh to the next of kin of the deceased and Rs. 50,000 to the seriously injured in the cyclone in the state.

The Prime Minister was accompanied on the visit by Union Ministers Dharmendra Pradhan, Babul Supriyo, Pratap Chandra Sarangi and Debasree Chaudhuri.

He assured that the Centre would closely work with the state government at this difficult time and extend all possible assistance for restoration and rebuilding of the infrastructure in the affected areas.

The Prime Minister said the union government will deploy an inter-ministerial team to assess the extent of damage in the state, and based on these assessments further assistance will be given to it.

This was the second visit of the Prime Minister to the state of West Bengal this year, which is the only state apart from Uttar Pradesh, where he has had multiple visits this year. Prime Minister had earlier this year visited West Bengal on 11-12 January whereby he had attended the 150th Anniversary celebrations of Kolkata Port Trust, dedicated to the nation four refurbished heritage buildings in Kolkata and had also visited Belur Math.

IVD Bureau