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Saturday, June 19, 2010 09:21:46 PM, UNI
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Ahmedabad: Within hours after Chief Minister Nitish Kumar returned the Gujarat government's Rs five crore contribution for Bihar flood victims, the Narendra Modi-led BJP government indirectly called for accounting the interest on its contribution. The govt. claimed that the interest was also used for the welfare of the flood victims.
State Health Minister and government spokesperson Jaynarayan Vyas today told mediapersons that it is a matter of satisfaction for Gujarat that the government contribution to the Bihar Chief Minister's relief fund was useful for the victims.
''The interest amount of the contribution was also used for the welfare of the flood victims,'' Vyas said, but not demanded return of the interest amount.
As part of flood relief in 2008, the Gujarat government had sent 63 officials, along with state-of-the-art equipment, 38 doctors, 56 paramedics, 80 fire officials, 15 ambulances and relief workers to Bihar to extend help to the flood victims.
Vyas said Gujarat had also sent two special relief trains with relief material worth Rs 20 crore.
''Gujarat will always stand by the victims of natural calamities anywhere in the country and will continue to discharge its 'Seva Dharma','' he said.
Chanchal Kumar, Secretary in the Chief Minister's office in Bihar, sent a letter to the Gujarat government stating that the contribution of Rs five crore made by Gujarat government to the Bihar Chief Minister's Relief Fund for flood-affected people in 2008, had been lying unutilised. Hence it was being returned to Gujarat government.
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