CM Shri Nath to PM: Devastation in MP due to rains should be categorised under serious disaster

Holds 45-minute discussion with PM; submits memorandum on loss due to floods
Seeks assistance of Rs. 9000 crore
Bhopal, October 4, 2019 (Muslim Saleem): The Chief Minister Shri Kamal Nath called on the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi in New Delhi today and submitted a memorandum regarding the heavy loss to farmers’ crops due to excessive rainfall in the state. Shri Kamal Nath urged the Prime Minister to send the Central Study Team again to the state so that the actual assessment of the damage could be done. He asked the Prime Minister to categorize the massive devastation caused due to rains in the state as a serious disaster.
Centre should release assistance of Rs 9 thousand crore immediately
The Chief Minister urged NDRF for assistance of about Rs. 9 thousand crore for infrastructure reconstruction so that loss caused to the farmers and common people could be compensated immediately.
Entire country affected by damage caused to Kharif crops in Madhya Pradesh
Shri Kamal Nath said that the entire country will get affected by the damage which was caused to the Kharif crops at large scale in the state as the crops grown in Madhya Pradesh fulfill the need of the entire country. He further stated that the state has suffered a loss of over Rs. 16 thousand crore due to the excessive rainfall and floods. The Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has assured the Chief Minister Shri Kamal Nath for the help.
The Chief Minister Shri Kamal Nath held discussion with the Prime Shri Narendra Modi for about 45 minutes. He apprised the Prime Minister of the damage caused to the farmers, houses, buildings and other losses by the excessive rains in the state. Shri Nath informed the Prime Minister that 46 percent more than normal rainfall has been recorded in the state till now. Out of the 52 districts of the state, 60 percent more than the normal rainfall, has been recorded in 20 districts. He further informed that Mandsuar, Neemuch and Agar-Malwa of Malwa region have been affected the most because of the excessive rainfall. Except paddy, all other crops have been affected. About one lakh houses have suffered damage. Shri Nath told the Prime Minister that 242 villages were evacuated fully or partially due to the excessive rainfall. About 1100 k.m. roads and over 1700 bridges and culverts have suffered damage.
The Chief Minister informed that over 75 thousand people have been evacuated to the safer places and relief camps with the help of the State Government, Government of India and various agencies. Arrangement for lodging, food, clothes and medicines etc. have been made for the affected people. The voluntary organizations have also helped the government in this work, he added.
Central Study Team must tour state again
Shri Kamal Nath urged the Prime Minister that rains are still continuing in the state after the visit of the Central Study Team. Therefore, a survey of the damage should be conducted again so as to make a realistic assessment of the damage caused. He asked to provide Rs. 6621.28 crore from the National Disaster Relief Fund (NDRF) and Rs. 2285.88 crore for infrastructure rebuilding immediately so as to provide immediate help to the farmers and other affected people.