Chief Minister O Panneerselvam has urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to sanction Rs 1,000 crore from the National Disaster Response Fund to the state for relief, rehabilitation and reconstruction in the wake of the havoc wrought by cyclone Vardah.
“Request u to urgently sanction release of an “on account” payment of Rs1000 crores from National Disaster Response Fund to state Govt,” Tamil Nadu CM wrote.
Several relief, rehabilitation and immediate reconstruction measures have to be undertaken by the state government, along with urban and rural local bodies in the areas affected by cyclone, which is beyond the funds available in the state disaster response fund, the chief minister said in a letter to Modi, a copy of which was released to the media.
“In view of the urgency, I request you to kindly depute a team from the Centre to study the extensive damage caused by the cyclonic storm,” Panneerselvam said.
The CM sought Rs 1,000 crore relief for rehabilitation and reconstruction measures. The CM also requested Modi to depute a team to study extensive damages caused by the cyclone.
This request was being made as relief, rehabilitation and immediate reconstruction measures had to be undertaken by the government along with urban and rural local bodies in the area affected by the cyclone, which was beyond the funds available in the State Disaster Response Fund, he said.