Aila in Bengal be declared `National Calamity`: Yechury

Last Updated: Sunday, August 2, 2009 - 22:28

Kolkata: Senior CPI(M) leader and MP Sitaram
Yechury on Sunday demanded that cyclone Aila, which devastated
many areas in West Bengal recently, should be declared a
"national calamity".

Yechury, who was here to attend the two-day CPI(M) State
Committee meeting ending today, told reporters that if Kosi
river flood in Bihar could be declared a national calamity by
the Centre, then why not Aila in West Bengal.

Concerned over the gravity of the situation in Aila-hit
West Bengal, all the 31 MPs of Left parties have contributed
their one-month salary to Chief Minister`s Relief Fund for
relief, restoration and reconstruction work in the devastated
areas, Yechury said.

He and another CPI(M) MP Bacudeb Acharia today handed
over cheques worth Rs 4.5 lakh raised by the Left Front MPs
from their one-month salary to Chief Minister Buddhadeb
Bhattacharjee.

Yechury also said they have been allowed by Speaker in
Lok Sabha to contribute Rs 50 lakh each from MPLAD fund
towards the cause which would amount to Rs 15.5 crore.

With some more collections, total contribution by Left
MPs would reach nearly Rs 20 crore, Yechury said.

Welcoming the gesture, Chief Minister Buddhadeb
Bhattacharjee urged all sections of people to contribute to
CM`s Relief Fund for the reconstruction work in Aila-hit
areas.

Bureau Report



First Published: Sunday, August 2, 2009 - 22:28

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