PM Must Visit Cyclone Affected Areas, Help Expedite Work: Kamal Haasan


Actor-politician Kamal Haasan on Friday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to visit the cyclone ravaged districts of Tamil Nadu, saying it would make the government machinery work faster to address people’s issues.

The ongoing relief activities should not be a mere “fire-fighting exercise” but should be a long drawn one, he said and appealed to the people of the state to help those in the affected areas.

“The Prime Minister should immediately visit the affected areas. If the PM visits, the government machinery will work faster,” Mr Haasan, founder-president of the Makkal Needhi Maiam, told reporters in Chennai.

Tamil Nadu is an important part of the country and it should not be ‘ignored,’ 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 had suffered the worst damage.

The affected areas should be declared as an a “Smart Integrated Agricultural Zone,” with a view to protecting farmers, he said.

Mr Haasan sought more medical aid in the affected areas to prevent outbreak of any possible epidemics.

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