Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Saturday announced flood relief advance assistance for BJP-governed Karnataka that is on a par with assistance announced on Friday for Congress-governed Andhra Pradesh.
The announcement of Rs 1,000 crore assistance came after the Prime Minister conducted an aerial survey of the flood-hit northern parts of the state on Saturday.
There have been allegations of unequal treatment for Karnataka after the UPA government released Rs 52 crore as Calamity Relief Fund compared to Rs 159 crore for Andhra Pradesh.
Singh,who described the flood damage in the two states as unprecedented,said his government would not discriminate against states in doing its duty of relief and rehabilitation.
There is no discrimination. We will see the situation. Depending upon the situation,assistance is being given, he said. The Prime Minister also announced a Rs 1 lakh compensation for families where deaths had occurred on account of the floods.
Karnataka had sought Rs 10,000 crore as assistance and declaration of the flood as a national calamity in order to avail funds under the National Calamity Contingency Fund.
With as many as 226 deaths reported and over two lakh left homeless,the Karnataka government has been arguing that it has been hit harder by the floods but the relief measures were yet to match expectations.
The Prime Minister said a Central team would be sent soon to assess the flood damage in Karnataka.