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Tamilnadu News

PM Modi listens to fisherfolk, promises action on missing fishermen

Covai Post Network

The Tamil Nadu government has asked the centre a sum of Rs.9,302 crore towards relief and rehabilitation and urged him to declare the cyclone damage as a `National Disaster.’ In a memorandum to the prime minister Narendra Modi Chief Minister Edapaddi Palaniswami sought a sum of Rs 9,302 crore towards relief and rehabilitation due to cyclone Ockhi impact (Rs.5,255 crore) and also damages suffered due to South-East Monsoon (Rs.4,047 crore).

The Prime Minister reportedly told the CM that he would consider the memorandum.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday assured a delegation of fisherfolk from Kanyakumari that the central government will do everything it can to bring back their loved ones, missing after they got caught in Cyclone Ockhi earlier this month.

The Prime minister who visited Kanyakumari on Tuesday, met a delegation of fishing community members and farmers from the region after he reviewed the situation with the government officials at the state guest house in the district headquarters.

Modi arrived here from Kerala in a helicopter and was received at the helipad by Banwarilal Purohit, chief minister Edapaddi Palaniswami, deputy chief minister O Panneerselvam, union minister of state Pon Radhakrishnan and Tamil Nadu state BJP president Tamilisai Soundarrajan.

The representatives of the fishing community members told the PM that over 400 fishermen still missing after they went out for fishing on high seas. They also accused that there were no warnings issues by the state government or the weather department.

The centre and state government must continue rescue attempts to bring the missing fishermen back the PM was told. Many could be holed up in ports in India and abroad and may not have means to return, they fear.

The farmers delegation also called on the prime minister and appraised him of the stress they were going through after successive years of drought in the state.

Chief minister Edapaddi Palaniswami handed over a memorandum to the prime minister seeking hundreds of crores of rupees assistance to tide over the crisis. For cyclone relief he sought a sum of Rs 5255 crore and another sum of Rs 746 crore from the National Disaster Management Relief Fund as immediate emergency relief.

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