The Ministry of Home Affairs informed the Parliament around 1.33 lakh hectare area was affected due to cyclone Biparjoyand it has projected an estimated total economic loss of Rs 1212.50 crore in agriculture and horticulture crops in the affected areas. Union Minister of State for Home, Nityanand Rai informed the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday that as per a memorandum received from the Gujarat government, 1.33 lakh hectare of area is reported to have been affected due to cyclone Biparjoy.
“It has projected an estimated total economic loss of Rs 1212.50 crore in agriculture and horticulture crops in the affected areas,” Rai said during the ongoing monsoon session. In June this year, cyclone Biparjoy made landfall near Jakhau port in Gujarat – after hovering over the Arabian Sea for 10 days and damaged Gujarat’s western coastline.
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“In order to support the affected people under the state government of Gujarat, after the cyclone Biparjoy, the Central government had released Rs 1,140 crore to Gujarat from the State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF) as central share, for immediate relief operations. In addition, as reported by the State Accountant General, an amount of Rs 1159.60 crore was made available in SDRF account of Gujarat government as on April 1 for management of relief necessitated by notified natural disasters, including, cyclone in the affected areas during 2023-24,” he said.
Rai said as per the National Disaster Management Policy, the primary responsibility for disaster management rests with the concerned state governments. “Financial assistance was provided to the affected states from SDRF for management of relief necessitated by natural disasters and in the event of disaster of a severe nature, additional financial assistance was extended from National Disaster Response Fund (NDRF) as per procedure, which included an assessment based on the visit of an Inter-Ministerial Central Team (IMCT),” he said.Also ReadNarendra Modi Independence Day Speech Live Updates: India now identified ...Govt SOP for Judges: Do not name officials for court panelsShivaji statue vandalised in Goa, police initiate inquiry‘Will return to Red Fort next year’: In Independence Day speech, PM Modi ...ALSO READ | What made Cyclone Biparjoy unique, why its path was difficult to predict
“The allocation in the SDRF of the state is made towards all notified disasters including cyclone, and it is for the State government concerned to provide necessary relief to affected farmers from SDRF already placed at their disposal in accordance with the Central government approved items and norms, in the wake of a natural disaster,” he added.