DMK Chief Stalin Says Relief Work In Cyclone-Hit Areas “Not Satisfactory”


DMK President MK Stalin today alleged the relief activity was “not satisfactory” in the Cauvery delta areas that were ravaged by Cyclone Gaja last week.

The Leader of the Opposition in the Tamil Nadu assembly demanded that Chief Minister K Palaniswami convene a meeting of stakeholders from the region to take forward the relief activities in an effective manner.

He also said CM Palaniswami should stay put in the delta region to oversee the relief work.

“The people in the delta region have lost their livelihood. The relief work is not satisfactory for them. CM Palaniswami should actually stay there and expedite and regulate the relief activities,” he told reporters in Chennai.

Further, CM Palaniswami should convene a meeting of stakeholders in the delta region–farmers’ and political parties’ representatives and welfare organisations, and discuss further streamlining and expediting the relief and rehabilitation efforts, he added.

Cyclone Gaja had crossed the Tamil Nadu coast between Nagapattinam and Vedaranyam on November 16, claiming 63 lives and leaving behind a trail of destruction, severely affecting the farming, fishing and power sectors.

Nagapattinam, Thanjavur, Tiruvarur and Pudukottai districts in Tamil Nadu had suffered the worst damage. 

The Tamil Nadu government has already released Rs 1,000 crore as interim measure to aid the relief and rehabilitation efforts, even as CM Palaniswami met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Delhi yesterday seeking a Rs 14,910 crore relief package.

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