Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on the afternoon of the 22nd of May, announced Rs. 1,000 crores as relief funds for the extremely severe cyclone Amphan that hit West Bengal.
The announcement of the financial aid came after Mr. Modi visited West Bengal and conducted an aerial survey of the situation.
Accompanied by Mamata Banerjee, the Chief Minister of West Bengal, Mr. Modi reviewed the situation and announced the advance interim assistance.
Mr. Modi said, “Rs. 1,000 crore advance assurance will be given to West Bengal.” He further added, “All aspects relating to rehabilitation, reconstruction will be addressed. We all want West Bengal to move ahead. The centre will always stand with West Bengal in these testing times. We will work together to ensure that Bengal stands on its feet again,.”
During the aerial survey, Mr. Modi and West Bengal Chief Minister took care of social distancing and seated with a distance of 2 feet.
After meeting West Bengal Chief Minister and aerial survey of West Bengal hit areas, Mr. Modi visited Odisha and reviewed the situation there. In Odisha, Mr. Modi announced a relief fund of Rs. 500 crores to Odisha.
This is PM Modi’s first travel outside Delhi in nearly three months as he remained in Delhi because of the nationwide lockdown and the Novel Coronavirus.
During the visit, Mr. Modi maintained physical distance and wore a face mask.