NEW DELHI, Dec 21 - Centre today sanctioned Rs 2,443 crore for four States � Manipur, Chhattisgarh, West Bengal and Odisha � as Central assistance for natural disasters faced by them.
The fund was approved by the High Level Committee (HLC) for Central assistance to States on drought, landslides and floods headed by Home Minister Rajnath Singh at its meeting attended by, among others, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.
Making allocations out of the National Disaster Relief Fund (NDRF), the HLC approved assistance of Rs 34 crore for Manipur, Chhattisgarh Rs 925 crore and Rs 1,104 crore for West Bengal, an official statement said.
It also reviewed the decision in the case of Odisha and approved assistance of Rs 380 crore for the State.
The HLC examined the proposals based on the report of the Central teams which visited these States in the wake of severe natural disasters.
NITI Aayog Vice Chairman Arvind Panagariya, Union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi, Agriculture Secretary Siraj Hussain and senior officers from the Ministries of Home, Finance and Agriculture attended the meeting. � PTI