PM Modi announces Rs 1,000 crore immediate relief for West Bengal after aerial survey

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday announced an interim financial assistance of Rs 1,000 crore for West Bengal to aid the relief and rehabilitation efforts after conducting an aerial survey of the areas affected by Cyclone Amphan.

He was accompanied by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar.

PM Modi said, “Union Government will deploy an Inter-Ministerial Team to visit the state to assess the extent of damage in the State, based on which further assistance will be given,” he said.

PM Modi expressed his complete solidarity with the people of West Bengal and expressed deep sorrow to the families who have lost their kin during the calamity.  He announced an ex-gratia of Rs. 2 lakh to the next of kin of the deceased and Rs. 50,000 to the seriously injured in the cyclone in the State.

Prime Minister assured the people of the State that the Union Government would closely work with the State Government at this difficult time, extend all possible assistance for restoration and rebuilding of the infrastructure in the affected areas.  

This was the second visit of the Prime Minister to the state of West Bengal this year, which is the only state apart from Uttar Pradesh, where he has had multiple visits this year. Prime Minister had earlier