Kerala Chief Minister, Pinarayi Vijayan on Thursday said that the Chief Minister’s Distress Relief Fund (CMDRF) has received a total amount of Rs 730 crore rupees as of Wednesday, August 29.
Vijayan said that the amount received in the form of land, cheques, ornaments will be announced later.
He said this during a special session of the assembly which was held on Thursday to discuss the rehabilitation process and the post-flood situation in Kerala.
“Along with this, the Prime Minister and the Home Minister, after their visit to the flood-affected areas, had earlier announced an emergency relief amount of Rs 600 crore rupees,” said Pinarayi Vijayan.
Pinarayi Vijayan also said that the state has been receiving promises of help from all across the globe and that they are trying to take legal measures to make sure that the help can reach Kerala.
The CM has time and again said during press meets that the state of Kerala has experienced one of the worst calamities in the history of the state and that it needs all the help that it can get to get back on its feet.
Generous support has been pouring in from various corners in the form of donations to the CMDRF.
The Mizoram Government had said that it will donate Rs 2 crore rupees to the relief fund and additionally, 34 Congress MLAs from the state have said that they will donate Rs 1 lakh each to the fund.
A Facebook group of Malayalis living in the United States of America got together and managed to collect a sum total of Rs 9.8 crore rupees, which was handed over to CM Pinarayi Vijayan as a donation to the CMDRF.
Along with this, the Government of Gujarat has also donated an amount of Rs 10 crore rupees to the relief fund. The cheque was handed over to the Kerala CM by the Gujarat revenue minister, Kaushikbhai Patel.
The Cochin International Airport Limited (CIAL) had announced that it will be donating an amount of Rs 3.27 crores to the relief fund. The amount will be handed over to the CM today by the managing director of CIAL, VJ Kurien.
Several prominent actors from across the various film industries in the country also have come forward to make contributions to the CMDRF.