Release Rs 1,000 crores as immediate relief: O Panneerselvam to PM Modi

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Release Rs 1,000 crores as immediate relief: O Panneerselvam to PM Modi

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam on Tuesday dashed off a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking immediate relief of `1,000 crores for carrying out “immediate rehabilitation and reconstruction” in areas affected by Cyclone Vardah.

Mr Panneerselvam also asked Mr Modi to depute a team from the Government of India to study the extensive damages caused by the cyclonic storm.

“I request you to urgently sanction the release of an “on account” payment of Rs 1000 crores from the National Disaster Response Fund to the Government of Tamil Nadu to enable immediate relief, rehabilitation and reconstruction measures to proceed expeditiously,” the Chief Minister said in the letter.

He said the amount is being demanded from the Union Government since the relief and rehabilitation work cannot be done with the funds available with the State Government. Mr Panneerselvam said the Government of Tamil Nadu swung into action to take all necessary precautionary measures immediately after the IMD issued the Cyclone warning.

“I thank you for your prompt response and support in speedily dispatching the Central Forces. More than 15,000 persons from identified vulnerable and low-lying areas were evacuated to 104 relief camps and provided with food, water, medical services and other essential services,” the CM said.

“State Government will present the detailed Memorandum on the extensive damages suffered due to the cyclonic storm Vardah in the next few days,” the CM told the PM.