Kerala, After The Flood: Pinarayi Vijayan seeks Rs 2,600 crore special package from Centre for relief efforts
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Kerala, After The Flood: Pinarayi Vijayan seeks Rs 2,600 crore special package from Centre for relief efforts

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Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala on Monday sought a Rs 2,600 crore special package from the Centre even as the state struggled to find its feet after the devastating deluge that left 223 dead in a fortnight and forced over 10 lakh people out of their homes.

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan chaired a meeting of the state cabinet, which decided to seek a special package from the Centre under the centrally-sponsored schemes including the latter's flagship rural employment programme Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREG).

Vijayan said a special session of the state assembly has been convened on 30 August to discuss the situation arising from the calamitous floods, the worst in a century.

The chief minister had earlier said the state had suffered damages of about Rs 20,000 crore. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and two other union ministers have collectively announced interim assistance of Rs 680 crore for the state so far.

Vijayan said Kerala would also ask the Centre to hike the limit of loan it can secure from the open market for the massive rebuilding exercise after 13 of the state's 14 districts were savaged by floods, traumatising people and devastating its infrastructure.

"Under the present arrangement, Kerala can obtain three percent of its gross state domestic product (GSDP) as loans and wants it to be raised to 4.5 percent so the state can mobilise an ...

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