PM Modi lauds Odisha for tackling cyclone; Naveen thanks PM for Rs 500 cr aid

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Bhubaneswar/New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has thanked the people of Odisha, the administration, and above all Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik for tackling cyclone Amphan by limiting casualties.

PM Modi tweeted that due to the well-established processes in Odisha, many lives were saved. He assured all possible assistance by the Centre to ensure quick relief work.

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The Odisha CM also thanked PM Modi for announcing ₹500 Cr advance for rehabilitation measures. Naveen tweeted that the state and the Centre will work together to ensure that affected and distressed people are taken care of and normalcy is restored at the earliest.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi today visited Odisha to take stock of the situation in the wake of Cyclone Amphan. He was accompanied on the visit by Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, Union Ministers of State Babul Supriyo, Pratap Chandra Sarangi and Ms Debasree Chaudhuri.

The Prime Minister arrived at the Biju Patnaik International Airport (BPIA) here on Friday afternoon. He was received by Odisha Governor Prof Ganeshi Lal, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, senior bureaucrats,  and senior BJP leaders at the airport.

Accompanied by the Governor of Odisha, Ganeshi Lal, and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, Prime Minister conducted an aerial survey of Bhadrak and Balasore to assess the impact of the cyclone.

After the aerial survey, Prime Minister chaired a meeting in Bhubaneswar with the senior State and Central Government functionaries to review the situation.  He announced financial assistance of Rs. 500 crore to the State of Odisha, pending the assessment of the damage by an Inter-Ministerial Central Team.

Prime Minister gave his assurance that the Union Government would work shoulder to shoulder with the State Governments at this difficult time and give all possible assistance for restoration and rebuilding of infrastructure in the areas affected by the cyclone.

Expressing solidarity with the people of Odisha and deep sorrow for the lives lost, Prime Minister announced an ex-gratia of Rs. 2 lakh to the next of kin of the deceased and Rs. 50,000 to the seriously injured in the cyclone in the State.

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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