Kerala CM lauds PM, Centre for positive steps

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Thiruvananthapuram: Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Wednesday lauded the timely intervention of the Centre during the monsoon havoc in the state.At the Cabinet briefing, the chief minister said that the Prime Minister and Home Minister had intervened and provided timely assistance to the state. Rajnath Singh conducted an extensive tour of the affected areas and announced Rs 100 core immediately after his visit. “It was a good step and a very positive step,” the chief minister said.
When asked whether the Centre had discriminated against the state by not giving adequate financial assistance, the chief minister said the Central government’s response was positive. The state government had sought an initial assistance of Rs 1,220 crore after the preliminary assessment of the destruction caused by monsoon havoc. The demand had been placed before Mr Singh.He said the government had also urged the Centre to send a central team to assess the situation after water receded. The enormity of the destruction would be known clearly then.Pinarayithanked each and every one who contributed in relief and rescue operations, stood with the people of the state in the time of such a humongous tragedy..