On Monday, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has donated his one year’s salary to the Chief Minister Relief Fund in view of Cyclone Fani that has caused unexampled damage in the state.

In a meeting headed by Cabinet Secretary PK Sinha, Ministry of Home Affairs has also announced the release of Rs. 1000 crore for the relief measures in Odisha. The amount is in addition to Rs. 341 crore, which the Centre had relieved in advance to the State Disaster Response Fund.

Mr. Sinha said that “Power connectivity needs to be restored on a priority basis as drinking water supply, telephone connectivity and banking operations need electricity.”

The restoration of power connectivity in Puri and Bhubaneswar remains to be a challenge for the state.

The National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) in the state is scheduled on May 20, which was earlier postponed.

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