Cyclone Yaas: PM Modi announces Rs 500 cr package for Odisha, Rs 500 cr for WB, Jharkhand

Kolkata, 28 May: After undertaking an aerial survey of Odisha and West Bengal badly affected by cyclonic storm ‘Yaas’, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a relief package of Rs 1,000 crore for Odisha, Jharkhand and Bengal.

On Friday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi conducted an aerial survey of cyclone-affected areas in North and South 24 Parganas in West Bengal and East Medinipur after Odisha.

He then announced an immediate relief package of Rs 1,000 crore for the three states. Of this, 500 crores will be given to Odisha alone, while the remaining 500 crores will go to Jharkhand and Bengal.

After conducting an aerial survey in four districts of Bengal, Prime Minister Narendra Modi landed at the Kalikunda airbase. Here Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee received PM Modi and submitted a report of loss of Rs 20 thousand crore in the state.

However, the Chief Minister was also to attend the meeting with the Prime Minister. But by half an hour late, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and State Chief Secretary Alapan Banerjee reached there. Mamta did not attend the review meeting with the Prime Minister. She met Prime Minister Modi in a room at the airbase and submitted a report on the damage done in the state. After this Mamta Banerjee left for Digha.

Sources said that MLA Shubhendu Adhikari, who defeated Mamta, was included in the review meeting. Due to this, the fumed Chief Minister did not attend the meeting.

Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar, Union Minister Devashree Chaudhary and State Irrigation Minister Somen Mahapatra were also present at the meeting.

In the absence of Mamta, the Prime Minister held a review meeting with the District Magistrates. After this, by tweeting in Bangla and Odia language, he assured to provide all possible help to the cyclone victims.

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