Naveen directs DMs to provide cooked food for 15 days, announces financial aid

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Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Sunday directed the collectors of the districts affected by cyclone FANI, to provide cooked food to the people for 15 days.

Meanwhile, the State government has also announced to provide financial assistance to the people affected by Extremely Severe Cyclonic Storm FANI across the state.

According to the announcement, all families under the National Food Security Act (NFSA) in extremely severely affected districts of Puri and parts of Khurda will get additional 50 kg of rice, financial assistance of Rs 2,000 and polythene sheets.

Whereas families in severely affected areas of Khurda district will receive additional one-month quota of rice, Rs 1,000 and polythene sheets. Similarly, families in moderately affected districts of Cuttack, Kendrapara, and Jagatsinghpur, will receive an additional one-month quota of rice and Rs 500.

The Odisha government has further announced that people in all the affected districts will receive one month of additional pension and house building assistance as per relief code i.e. Rs 95,100 for fully damaged structures, Rs 5,200 for partially-damaged structures and Rs 3,200 for minor damages.

Houses completely damaged will be reconstructed under housing schemes expeditiously and loss of agricultural & horticultural crops, animal resources, fisheries will be assessed and compensated accordingly, the CM said adding that soon after relief & restoration plantation of trees will be taken up in mission mode.

Notably, the CM on Saturday entrusted four senior IAS officers with special responsibility to expedite the repair and restoration work in Cuttack, Bhadrak, Kendrapara, Jagatsinghpur, Balasore, Mayurbhanj, Keonjhar, Dhenkanal and Nayagarah districts hit by extremely severe cyclonic storm FANI.

Chief Secretary AP Padhi has been directed to monitor the relief and restoration works while the responsibility to supervise the restoration of drinking water electricity and transportation has been given to Development Commissioner Asit Kumar Tripathy.

Likewise, Principal Secretary of Agriculture Department, Saurabh Garg, has been asked to maintain coordination with NGOs and international organisations. Similarly, the responsibility to maintain coordination with media and material logistics has been entrusted on Secretary of Skill Development and Technical Education, Sanjay Kumar Singh.

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