An Inter-Ministerial Central Team (IMCT) has been constituted to visit the flood affected states, without waiting to receive a memorandum from the respective state. This decision was taken by a high–level committee headed by Union Home Minister Amit Shah.
“The IMCT will henceforth be constituted immediately in the aftermath of any natural calamity of severe nature, which will visit the affected areas in the State so as to have first-hand assessment of damages caused and relief work carried out by the State administration. The IMCT will again visit the State after submission of the memorandum for detailed assessment of the damage and relief operations conducted for making final recommendations for allocation of additional funds,” said a statement released by the Home Ministry.
The 11 States that will be visited by the Central team are Meghalaya, Tripura, Bihar, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Kerala and Assam.
The NDRF, Army, Air Force, Navy and Coast Guard have rescued and moved to safer locations more than 1,53,000 people in states affected by floods and landslides during the current monsoon season.
The Central Government has also sanctioned more than Rs 4,432 crore to Odisha, Karnataka and Himachal Pradesh for the damage caused by natural calamities during the last financial year.