Bhubaneswar, Aug 20 (IANS) The IAS and IPS officers in Odisha have decided to contribute their one day’s salary to help the flood-affected people of Kerala.
The Indian Administrative Service (IAS) Officers Association of Odisha and Odisha Indian Police Service (IPS) Association have decided to contribute the money to the Kerala Chief Minister’s Relief Fund.
“The Association stands as one with the people of Kerala during this crisis and wishes them strength to overcome the tragedy,” Secretary of the Odisha IAS officers’ body, Vishal Dev, told media persons here.
In a resolution made by the Association, the members have expressed deep anguish and concern over the unprecedented floods and the consequent hardship that the people of Kerala are facing.
Pointing out that people from all walks of life are engaged in providing relief to the flood-affected people, Dev said the Odisha government has also deputed a special team to Kerala to provide humanitarian and disaster assistance.
The Odisha IPS Association in a release said that it has decided to contribute one day’s salary to help the flood-affected people of Kerala.
“Our heart goes out to the people of Kerala whose spirit of hope could not be diminished by the floods that have wrecked havoc. We empathise with them in this hour of need and express our solidarity,” said the release.
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had announced a financial assistance of Rs 10 crore and ordered 500 MT of polythene sheets worth Rs 8 crore for Kerala.
It has already sent a 240-member team of fire service personnel armed with 65 rescue boats and other equipments to carry out rescue and relief operations.