Drought Relief: Centre Approves Over Rs 2,553 Crore For Three States

07/01/2016 8:59 AM IST | Updated 29/08/2016 9:42 PM IST
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An Indian farmer herds his sheep on the dry bed of a river at Bibi Nagar in Nalgonda District, some 40 kilometers from Hyderabad on March 23, 2015. AFP PHOTO/ Noah SEELAM (Photo credit should read NOAH SEELAM/AFP/Getty Images)

NEW DELHI -- A High Level Committee (HLC) chaired by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Wednesday approved an assistance of over Rs 2,553 crores from the National Disaster Relief Fund to three drought-hit states.

The committee examined the proposals based on the report of a Central Team, which visited the affected states by severe drought, and approved Rs 433.77 crore to Andhra Pradesh, Rs 815 crore to Odisha and Rs 1304.52 crore to Uttar Pradesh, while deferred the decision in case of Telangana to the next week.

Union Minister for Finance, Corporate Affairs and Information and Broadcasting Arun Jaitley, Minister for Agriculture and Farmers' Welfare Radha Mohan Singh, Vice-Chairman NITI Aayog Arvind Panagariya, Union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi and senior officers of the ministries of home, finance and agriculture attended the meeting.

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