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Cyclone Amphan: PM Modi Announces Rs 500 Cr Advance Assistance For Odisha

Bhubaneswar:22/5/20 Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced advance assistance of Rs 500 crore for Odisha towards the loss and damage caused by Super Cyclone Amphan that moved along the coastal belt of the state on May 20 before making landfall near Sunderbans in the neighbouring West Bengal.

The Prime Minister arrived at Bhubaneswar Airport this afternoon where he was received by Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik, Governor Prof Ganeshi Lal and other senior officials. He then embarked on an aerial survey of the cyclone-affected districts of Odisha in an IAF Helicopter.

After the aerial survey of cyclone-hit districts, PM Modi held a meeting with the State government officials at the first-floor conference hall of the Biju Patnaik International Airport (BPIA) where discussions were held on the damages to life and property under the impact of Cyclone Amphan.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, Governor Prof Ganeshi Lal, Union Ministers Dharmendra Pradhan and Pratap Chandra Sarangi, senior officials of the State Government including Chief Secretary Asit Tripathy, Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) Pradeep Jena, Agriculture Secretary Sourabh Garg and others senior officials of various other departments were present in the meeting.

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The Prime Minister further stated that soon a central team will visit Odisha to review the situation and further assistance will be released based on the final report submitted by the State government.

Modi also lauded Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik and his team for minimising loss of human lives during cyclone Amphan.

As per preliminary estimates by the State Government,  44.80 lakh people have been affected in 1,500 gram panchayats. Crops in over one lakh hectare farmland have suffered damage. Besides, power distribution infrastructure has been badly affected with twisting and uprooting of electric poles, damage to transformers, and substations under the impact of Cyclone Amphan in the four worst-affected districts of Balasore, Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara, and Bhadrak.

Earlier today, PM Modi had visited West Bengal which also ravaged by the Super Cyclone and took an aerial survey of the affected districts accompanied by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. Later, after holding a meeting with senior officials, the Prime Minister announced an advance relief package of Rs 1,000 crore.

About Ashok Palit

Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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