Thiruvananthapuram: Finance minister Thomas Issac while announcing the state budget for the fiscal year 2019-2020 in the assembly came down heavily on the Central government for ignoring Kerala which is surviving a fatal deluge that occurred in last August. The minister criticised that the Centre didn’t take a favourable stance in helping the state to overcome the setback and only a sum of Rs 3000 crore was allocated from the disaster relief fund.
"We are thankful to the Centre and various central forces for helping to combat the disaster jointly. However, the Centre didn’t take a supportive stand for the state to survive the destructions caused by flood. Only Rs 3000 crores were allocated from the disaster relief fund and it also denied the financial aids extended by other friendly nations to Kerala. The Centre also didn’t allow to take loans and denied ministers to visit and seek help from NRKs. Besides, it didn’t permit the state to take loan more than its maximum allowable loan amount annually," said Thomas Issac.
The Centre not only denied to raise the maximum loan amount but also cut short the amount of sanctioned loans. The state had a remaining amount of Rs 6000 crores provision to take loan in January, February and March. However, the Centre, instead, cut short an amount of Rs 1800 crore from it.
Besides, the Centre also rejected the request of Kerala to consider the amount loaned for the purpose of rebuilding Kerala to be considered outside the normal loan amount for the state. It was not selfishly asked for Kerala alone, but for all the states which undergo a natural disaster in future. However, the Centre has not responded on this yet. The present activities of rebuilding Kerala are being done overcoming all these hurdles, said Thomas Issac while announcing the budget.