Describing the devastation caused by the floods in Andhra Pradesh as a national calamity,Prime Minister Manmohan Singh announced an immediate advance of Rs 1,000 crore for relief and rehabilitation in the state.
I dont have to declare,but the unprecedented floods are a national calamity. I want to assure the people of Andhra Pradesh that the Centre stands with the state government and every possible help would be extended in meeting the grave challenge of the tragedy that has befallen on the five districts. Money will not be a constraint, he said after conducting an aerial survey of Krishna,East Godavari and Kurnool districts on Friday afternoon.
Singh said it was too early to say whether the floods in Andhra and Karnataka would have an effect on the countrys GDP growth. He said that the growth projection this year is 6.2 per cent to 6.5 per cent.
Referring to the state governments demand for Central assistance,Dr Singh said,There are certain procedures that are to be followed while finalising the aid for a state. The state government should first make an assessment and give its estimates which the Centre would assess and send a team after which a collective agreement on the amount for tackling the damage would be made, he said.
Referring to allegations that floods could have been prevented had the state government heeded to suggestions of an early warning system,Dr Singh said he was not here to point fingers or fix responsibilities. But we learn from every experience, he added. He dismissed allegations by the BJP-ruled Karnataka government that Central assistance to it was paltry. Irrespective of the political structure in a state we will do our best to help, he said. As far as I am the PM,there will be no discrimination, he added.