Manipur Governor Dr Najma Heptulla and the staff of Raj Bhavan donated one day’s salary to the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund to aid the families affected by the recent flood in Imphal on Friday.
Dr Heptulla also handed over the donation amount to Chief Minister N Biren Singh in person at Raj Bhavan in the morning.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr Heptulla said the donation amount contributed by her and the Raj Bhawan staff is small but the gesture behind it is important as they wish to convey to the people of the state that they are with them at the hour of any crisis.
The Governor stated that she was moved on seeing the pictures of the Chief Minister and his Cabinet Ministers supervising flood relief works even by going down into flood waters.
On the paucity of funds being experienced by the state, Heptulla said that she would raise the matter at the upcoming meeting of the North Eastern Council. The Governor further said that she would also try to convince DoNER Minister Dr Jitendra Singh about the weak financial position of the State.
Chief Minister N Biren Singh thanked the Governor and her entire staff at Raj Bhawan and also all those who had contributed to CMRF for generously contributing their mite at this critical juncture.
He informed that the Central Government has approved urgent allocation of 20,000 quintals of rice, 6000 quintal of dal (lentil), 80,000 litres of edible oil for the state in view of the recent flood. All these items should be lifted within three weeks, he added.
The Centre had released Rs. 126 crore for relief and reconstruction of properties devastated by the flood last year, the Chief Minister said while adding that the amount would be released to the DCs and departments concerned as soon as possible.