Gangtok: Assuring all help to Sikkim- the hill state in the Shivaliks which was battered by the recent earthquake, Union Home Minister P Chidambaram announced a financial aid of Rs 50 crore for the state on Thursday.

Chidambaram, who was on an assessment tour of quake-hit areas in Sikkim, said that after reviewing the condition of the state, a long term rehabilitation programme would be formulated.

Chidambaram visited the quake-affected people in STNM hospital.

After meeting Chief Minister Pawan Chamlin, the Union Minister while briefing to the media said, “The Centre would leave no stone unturned for the rehabilitation of the state. As an immediate relief to the state, the state has decided to provide Rs 50 crore. Even though the state has enough financial deposits, but if required the Centre is ready to assist more.”

“After PM returns from his foreign trip, he too will visit the quake-hit state,” he added. 

Highlighting the reasons of delay in rescue operation, Chidambaram said there has been problem in the relief work due to bad weather and Army has assured of speedy work.

“Maximum areas have enough food materials and continuous efforts are being made to make electricity and water available to the suffering people,” informed Chidambaram.

(JPN/ Bureau)