Centre releases over Rs 2014 crore for Tamil Nadu to deal with losses due to natural calamities

Modi Govt has released over Rs 2014.45 crore for Tamil Nadu which suffered massive losses due to drought and cyclonic storm ‘Vardah’.

The total amount, which was released on Friday, included Rs 1748.28 crore for drought (Kharif), Rs 264.11 crore for ‘Vardah’ and Rs 2.06 crore to deal with the problem of drinking water in different parts of the state.

A memorandum was sent by the state to the Prime Minister’s Office in January. The then state chief minister O Panneerselvam had raised the issue when he met the Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The Centre had sent an Inter-Ministerial Central Team (IMCT) to Tamil Nadu to assess the situation. “On the recommendations of the IMCT and the sub committee of the National Executive Committee, the HLC had approved the central assistance”, said the agriculture ministry in a statement.

The amount was released in the wake of meeting of the High Level Committee which was chaired by none other than Home Minister Rajnath Singh himself to clear the assistance for state.

Officials of finance and agriculture ministries were among those who had attended the meeting and taken a final call on releasing the central assistance after analysing report of ground situation.