Kolkata: PM Modi announces Rs 1000 crore interim package for Bengal after aerial survey

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Kolkata, May 22: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced an interim relief package of Rs 1,000 crore for #cycloneamphan affected West Bengal.

On Friday, the PM along with Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and Governor Jagdeep Dhankad conducted an aerial survey of the cyclone affected areas of North and South 24 Parganas.

This was followed by a review meeting with the CM at Basirhat College ground where he assessed the loss.

The Prime Minister announced ex gratia of Rs two lakh to the kin of those killed in the cyclone and 50 thousand to the injured.

After this, the Prime Minister interacted with the media.

He announced that for the convenience and needs of the cyclone affected people of West Bengal, an economic package of one thousand crore rupees will be provided by the central government.

He said that it is an immediate help. Apart from this, the central government will continue to provide more necessary help.

Modi said that he convinces his brothers and sisters in West Bengal that the entire country stands with them in this difficult time.

He said that at a time when the country was suffering from coronavirus crisis, the cyclone has affected the coastal areas of Bengal and Odisha. The people of West Bengal have been most affected by this. The central government will stand firmly with the people of Bengal.

The Prime Minister landed at Dum Dum Airport at 11:00 am on Friday where he was received by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and Governor Jagdeep Dhankar.

From there, helicopters arrived to conduct aerial surveys. Modi took stock of the affected areas. After this, the Prime Minister will go to Odisha where through aerial survey, he will assess the damage in the cyclone affected areas.

It is noteworthy that this year, it was the Prime Minister’s second visit to West Bengal.

The Prime Minister visited West Bengal earlier this year on January 11–12, in which he attended the 150th anniversary celebrations of Kolkata Port Trust.

It was dedicated to the four renovated buildings of the nation in Kolkata and also visited Belur Math.