Odisha will get of Rs 915 crores for post-Phailin reconstruction
Bhubaneswar, Jan 19: Bhubaneswar, Jan 20(OBB)Odisha will get Central assistance of Rs 915 crores towards post-Phailin reconstruction work in Odisha, Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde revealed here on Sunday.
“The decision was taken by a high power committee of the National Disaster Mitigation Authority (NDMA) under Union Home Ministry, three days back,” Shinde said while addressing the 9th Raising Day ceremony of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) at its 3rd Battalion at Mundali near Cuttack. He said the Centre had accepted the recommendations of committee that had assessed the widespread damage during Phailin and post cyclone flood in the state.
Praising the relief and rescue operation work undertaken by NDRF during Cyclone Phailin, the Union Home Minister said a country like Japan, which fought hard to come out of the Tsunami and Fukushima nuclear plant disaster, had praised the evacuation work in Odisha, the largest ever undertaken in India.
Describing the NDRF and state Disaster Rapid Action Force (ODRAF) as a unique combination of Civil Defence Force, Shinde said better coordination between the Centre and the state administration and machineries had saved hundreds of lives in Odisha and elsewhere.
“The National Disaster Mitigation Authority (NDMA) is taking steps to upgrade the technica skills of NDRF to face the challenges of chemical, biological and nuclear disasters that may happen in future in the country and outside,” said the Minister.
Speaking on the occasion, Chief minister Naveen Patnaik commended the role of the NDRF in rescue and relief operations during cyclone Phailin as ‘outstanding’. The Odisha government expected the NDRF to play a significant role in capacity building of ODRAF, he said
The cooperation between the state and central rescuing agencies was lauded both nationally and internationally, Patnaik said. He urged the Union Home Minister to enhance the technical capability of NDRF by more capacity building.