Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav today gave instructions for the payment of Rs 350.79 crore to calamity-struck Uttarakhand,which was due since 2009-10 as a result of settlement of expenses on pension between the two states.
Earlier,it was decided to make the payment in installments,but it is a matter of grave crisis due to the natural calamity in Uttarakhand and we have decided to make the payment in one installment, Akhilesh said. The amount will be made available to the Uttarakhand government in the current month.
The state government has already contributed Rs 25 crore towards relief for flash-flood victims in Uttarakhand.
The Chief Minister also announced payment of Rs 20 lakh each to the families of two Indian Air Force (IAF) officials from Uttar Pradesh who died in a helicopter crash during the rescue operation on Tuesday.
They are Junior Warrant Officer Akhilesh Kumar Singh of Amethi and Sergeant Sudhakar Yadav of Sant Kabir Nagar. Akhilesh said that the state government would take care of education expenses of the children of both soldiers.
The CM refused to comment on the claim of the rescue of 15,000 Gujaratis by Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi from Uttarakhand. It is a moment of grave crisis,I cannot comment on it right now, Akhilesh said.