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The Union Government today announced sanction of drought relief to all States and Telangana got Rs 280.91 crore as against its demand for Rs 3,604 crore. Andhra Pradesh also got the same amount of Rs 280.91 crore.

While Tamil Nadu was allocated a major share of fund of Rs 1,773 crore, which is probably to help its capital city of Chennai and the adjoining areas battered in the recent deluge. Himachal Pradesh got least amount of Rs 170.19 cr towards drought relief. Similarly, Rajastan got Rs 1,177 crore followed by Jharkhand Rs 336 crore and Assom Rs 332.57 crore.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, who chaired a high-level meeting in the national capital had finalized the allocations that were announced to the respective States. Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Agriculture Minister Radhamohan Singh and Home Secretary Rajiv Maharshi and officials of Finance, Home and Agriculture attended the crucial meeting. Rajnath Singh decided to give funds to various States based on reports submitted by Central official teams that visited the drought affected States in recent times.

A Central team submitted its report to the Centre along with a State report of 231 drought hit mandals recently. Subsequently the Singh announced the funds. Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, during his Delhi tour, urged the Centre to give generous funds of Rs 3,604 crore towards drought relief and funds for other flagship programs and projects. It is pertinent to note that Radhamohan Singh in January announced Rs 791 crore to Telangana State towards drought relief. With this, Telangana gets a total of Rs 1071.91 crore and the government will take up measures in as many as 231 affected mandals.

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