Published On: Mon, Aug 20th, 2018

Kerala floods: Odisha IAS,IPS officers to give one-day salary

Bhubaneswar: The IAS Officers Association of Odisha has decided to contribute at least one day’s salary of its members to the Kerala Chief Minister’s Relief Fund to help the flood-affected people.

Thousands are still waiting for relief and rescue across the flood-ravaged Kerala.

The association stands as one with the people of Kerala during this crisis and wishes them strength to overcome the tragedy, secretary of the officers’ body Sishal Dev said.

He also said that the Odisha government has deputed a special team to Kerala to provide humanitarian and disaster assistance to support the people in Kerala, which has been reeling under severe floods.

The Odisha IPS Officers Association would also donate one-day salary of its members to the fund, association secretary Satyajit Mohanty said.

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had announced financial assistance of Rs 10 crore and ordered polythene sheets worth Rs 8 crore for flood-ravaged Kerala.

“Odisha knows what a natural calamity of this magnitude means to the common man,” Patnaik had said in a statement.

The state government on Saturday had sent a special team of fire service personnel armed with modern equipment to assist in rescue and relief operations in Kerala.

The chief minister has also directed the special relief commissioner to remain in touch with the authorities in Kerala and extend all help to the people from Odisha who are stranded there.

The Labour Department of Odisha has rushed officials to Kerala to ensure the safety of Odia labourers affected by the floods.

PTI

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