Cyclone Fani: Naveen Patnaik promises pucca houses for those whose houses damaged  

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India May 12, 2019, 07.20 PM(IST)

File photo: Chief Minister of Odisha Naveen Patnaik. Photograph:( Zee News Network )

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Patnaik said Cyclone Fani has damaged ''our state, but not our spirits''. 

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Sunday promised pucca houses for those whose houses were completely or substantially damaged due to Cyclone Fani.  

''All families whose houses are completely or substantially damaged due to Cyclone Fani will be sanctioned pucca houses,'' the CM said and, added that house damage assessment will begin from 15th May and will be completed within a week. 

Work order distribution to beneficiaries will begin from June 1, he added.

Patnaik said Cyclone Fani has damaged ''our state, but not our spirits''. 

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He also urged everyone to donate generously to the Chief Minister's Relief Fund to rebuild Odisha as the state is making all efforts to rebuild the damage as soon as possible.

Special Category status

Earlier in an interview, Patnaik demanded special category status from Centre for his disaster-prone state, saying it faces natural calamities almost every year.

Special category status is the need of the hour due to the massive loss to infrastructure which may stall the growth of the state, he said.

"In fact, this is one of our main demands before the Union government. Odisha faces natural calamities almost every year. The assistance we get from the Centre is mostly for temporary restoration of infrastructure. We have to spend a lot from state's own funds to work for the long-term," Patnaik told in an interview.