Chennai: The Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has instructed the release of financial assistance worth Rs. 939.63 crore immediately to Tamil Nadu to assist it in dealing with the situation arising from the floods. The fund was sanctioned in response to the request of the Government of Tamil Nadu.
Meanwhile, a central team is also being deputed to Tamil Nadu to assess the damages and further action will be taken after the team submits its report.
Earlier, a letter from the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu enclosing a detailed memorandum on flood damages was sent to the Prime Minister’s Office by a delegation led by Shri S.T.K. Jakkayan, Special Representative of Tamil Nadu. The Government of Tamil Nadu has sought urgent financial assistance from the Centre and has also asked for a central team to be deputed immediately to make an on-the-spot assessment of damages.
Jayalalithaa told the PM that despite her government’s preventive efforts, the state had suffered severe damage on account of the “extremely heavy and sustained” rainfall which, she said, had left a trail of destruction and that her government had allocated Rs 500 crore for relief work.
The assessment of damages and requirement of funds for immediate relief and restoration of infrastructure which she said had been speedily carried out indicated a much higher financial requirement.
She requested Modi to depute a central team immediately to make its on-the-spot assessment of damage and to release central financial aid without any delay keeping in view the urgency of restoring many of the infrastructure facilities and services to the flood affected people.
“In the meanwhile, I request that an on account release of Rs 2,000 crore may be sanctioned immediately to enable the state government to sustain the relief and restoration operations with the same vigour,” Jayalalithaa said.
High level teams of ministers and senior IAS officers were deputed to various districts to monitor the preventive, rescue and relief operations while personnel of different departments, including Revenue, Police, Fire Service and Public Works Department were fully mobilised, the CM said.