HYDERABAD: The Inter-Ministerial Central Team which toured
and studied the flood-affected areas (due to heavy rains from 1-6-2010 to
30-9-2010) in the morning today called on the Chief Minister Dr K Rosaiah at
Camp office. The team positively responded to the demands of the State for
Central assistance. The team led by Mr R R Jha, Joint Secretary, Ministry of
Home Affairs explained to the Chief Minister about the damages caused in these
areas in the meeting before he left for the aerial survey of the flood-hit
areas of coastal Andhra districts.
The Chief Minister told the Central Team that Andhra
Pradesh has been facing the wrath of heavy rains since the last many months.
Heavy rains has been battering the State with excess of North West monsoon and
now North East monsoon. He said the "Laila" cyclone also caused heavy damages
in the State. He said the damages have been very heavy and crop damages have
been near colossal. Hence he wanted Special treatment and Assistance to Andhra
Pradesh. "In fact I requested the Prime Minister to continue your tour so that
you can study the damages following very heavy rains in the last four days in
the districts of East and West Godavari, Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram, Krishna,
The Chief Minister said he asked all the departments
concerned in the State to give a detailed report about the damages and
work-wise, village-wise details of the relief required and taken up and also
list of the affected localities, people etc. for sanctioning of immediate
Central relief. The Chief Minister told the Central team that Andhra Pradesh
was expecting a bumper crop this year due to very good monsoon but the recent
rains shattered the hopes and hence the State needs special Central assistance.
Dr.Rosaiah brought to the notice of the Central team that
in addition to these damages due to heavy rains, yet another "super cyclone"
has been formed and moving from Andamans towards South Andhra Pradesh and may
cross Andhra coast by Sunday.
Meanwhile a detailed "Memorandum on Heavy Rains & Floods"
in Andhra Pradesh (1.6.2010 to 30.9.2010) dated 10.10.2010 and 26.10.2010 were
submitted to Government of India requesting for sanction of Rs.1154.16 crores
for immediate temporary restoration of damages caused to the public
infrastructure under NCCF/CRF and an amount of Rs.4068.28 crores for permanent
restoration of damages caused to public Infrastructure, totaling an amount of
Following the submission of the memorandum, the Government
of India deputed an Inter-Ministerial Central Team for an on-the spot
assessment of the damage and the admissibility of such supplemental Central
assistance in the wake of Heavy rains/Floods in Andhra Pradesh during monsoon
2010. The team was led by Mr. R.R.Jha, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Home
Affairs, Government of India. The Inter-Ministerial Central Team consisting of
8 members, has been divided into two teams. Team-I comprising Mr.R.R.Jha,
Mr.Balakrishna, Mr.Srikant and Mr.Manoharan toured Guntur District on 2.11.2010
and West Godavari on 3.11.2010. Team-II comprising Raj Pal Singh, Deputy
Advisor, Planning Commission; Mr. A.Parmesham, Mr.A.D.James and Mr. B.P.Nagar
toured Adilabad District on 2.11.2010 & Karimnagar on 3.11.2010.
Chief Secretary S V Prasad, Principal Secretary to CM, Sam
Bob, Commissioner, Disaster Management, T Radha and members of the Central team
attended the meeting.