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  Metros   Mumbai  19 Aug 2018  Maharashtra govt declares Rs 20 crore as aid to Kerala victims

Maharashtra govt declares Rs 20 crore as aid to Kerala victims

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Published : Aug 19, 2018, 4:08 am IST
Updated : Aug 19, 2018, 4:08 am IST

The Congress termed the government’s actions as an afterthought that doesn’t suit the tradition of Maharashtra.

Following the criticism, the state government immediately reworked its decision and Rs 20 crore was sanctioned as financial assistance.
 Following the criticism, the state government immediately reworked its decision and Rs 20 crore was sanctioned as financial assistance.

Mumbai: The Maharashtra government was compelled to declare Rs 20 crore as immediate aid to Kerala. Initially, a tweet from the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO)’s account declared that Rs 5 crore would be offered to the Kerala as immediate help. But after the Opposition slammed the state government over the relatively small amount, the aid was increased to Rs 20 crore.

The Congress termed the government’s actions as an afterthought that doesn’t suit the tradition of Maharashtra. The Opposition called it “inadequate financial help which doesn’t suit the image and tradition of Maharashtra.”

MCHI-CREDAI is contributing with food packets worth Rs 1.5 crore, the Rajasthani Welfare Association & Jain International Trade Organisation are contributing Rs  51 lakh each. Around 11 tonnes of dry food is also being collected, of which six tonnes will be sent by Saturday evening, according to a press release.

Following the criticism, the state government immediately reworked its decision and Rs 20 crore was sanctioned as financial assistance. A press release from the CMO suggested that two social organisations have extended their hand and have contributed Rs 50 lakh each as immediate help. The state government also said that officers were in touch with authorities in Kerala and doing everything to help the state.

Meanwhile, the Congress spokesperson has called the decision to increase the aid amount a ‘late but good decision’’ “If a new and drought-ridden state like Telangana is able to give Rs 25 crore then Maharashtra should have contributed more. Maharashtra has a long-standing tradition of helping everyone in need. The current government should have respected the tradition,” said Sachin Sawant.

Kerala has been reeling under unprecedented rain and floods for almost week. The Kerala CM has appealed for help of all kinds and monetary and other aid has started pouring in for the state. The Maharashtra government too has stepped forward to help the state.

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