"The government has decided to sanction Rs 300 crore," senior CPI-M leader Sitaram Yechury said after a meeting with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in Parliament House.
Yechury, who was accompanied by his party leaders from Odisha including state secretary Janardan Pati, had on Thursday called on President Pranab Mukherjee and urged him to ask the Centre to declare the devastation a national disaster and get the money sanctioned soon.
"The Prime Minister had announced a grant of Rs 1,000 crore, but not even one paisa has been disbursed so far. What is strange is not even a single Central Minister has visited the state to assess the level of damage and devastation," Yechury had said.
The President was also reminded of his own visit to Odisha in 1999 as the Finance Minister in the aftermath of the super-cyclone, during which Mukherjee had travelled on a motorbike to the interiors of the state, he had said.


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