Bhubaneswar: On the second day of his tour to New Delhi Orissa Chief Minister Mr. Naveen Patnaik on Friday, met Union Home Minister Mr. P. Chidambaram and urged him to release Rs 1000 crores as advance assistance from the National Disaster Response Fund (NDRF) for early repair and restoration work in the regions affected by the twin floods last month.

“During my meeting with Mr. Chidambaram, I have requested him to make an urgent release of an advance assistance of Rs 1,000 crores from the NDRF for undertaking immediate repair and restoration activities in the flood-hit areas,” said Mr. Patnaik.

Meanwhile, the Inter-Ministerial Central team has already visited the flood affected districts and are expected to submit their assessment report on October 24 to the Finance and Home Ministry. “The Home Minister assured us to take steps to ensure early release of funds within a week of submission of the central team’s report,” said Special Relief Commissioner Mr. Pradipta Kumar Mohapatra who accompanied the Chief Minister.

The Chief Minister also requested the Home Minister to include five more districts in Integrated Action Plan (IAP). Till now fifteen districts have been included under this plan.

Sources said, during the discussion Chidambaram said, the Centre has approved inclusion of Nuapada, Bargarh, Bolangir and Kalahandi districts under the IAP plan. It is also reported that Chidambaram also informed the Chief Minister that one additional battalion of CRPF will be deployed in the State shortly while deployment of BSF battalion will take another two to three months.