Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Tuesday met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and sought financial assistance of Rs 5,000 crore and 5 lakh pucca houses for the cyclone Fani affected people.
“We have been hit by the recent cyclone which has done a great deal of damage. I asked for Rs 5000 crore and 5 lakh pucca houses for the cyclone affected people,” said Patnaik after meeting the Prime Minister in New Delhi.
Cyclone Fani that made landfall in Puri at a wind speed of about 200 kmph on May 3 has destroyed as many as 20,367 villages in 14 coastal districts of Odisha. Besides, the cyclone affected 1.6 crore people and damaged 1.88 lakh hectares of agricultural land.
While a total of 5,56,761 houses have either been fully or severely or partially damaged in the cyclone at least 64 people lost their lives due to the disaster.
Patnaik also requested PM Modi for Special Category Status for Odisha and revision of coal royalty.
“I requested PM Modi for Special Category Status for Odisha. I asked for revision of coal royalty which has not been done for a number of years. It will give us a lot of revenue to help us,” said Patnaik.
On asked whether he has discussed anything on implementation of Ayushman Bharat in Odisha, and Lok Sabha Deputy Speaker’s election or Union Budget, Patnaik said there was no such discussion with PM.