Puducherry: Observing that cyclone-Thane had
caused extensive damage, the CPI has slammed the Centre for
"delay" in sanctioning relief to Puducherry.
It was a pity that the Centre was yet to announce the
relief for Puducherry although more than ten days have passed
since the cyclone lashed the coast, CPI national secretary D
Raja, who visited the storm-ravaged Botanical garden, told
reporters here yesterday.
The cyclone had caused very extensive damage in Puducherry
and it appeared that the calamity was worse than the one
caused by tsunami in 2004,he said.
The Centre should concede the plea of the Puducherry
government for sanction of Rs 2500 crore to take up relief
works and rehabilitate the cyclone-affected, he said, adding,
Centre should expedite sanction of funds.
He said Minister of State in the Prime Minister`s Office
V Narayanasamy, representing the Puducherry constituency in
Lok Sabha, should hold discussions with the Prime Minister and
procure the funds.
Puducherry and Cuddalore district in Tamil Nadu were
the worst hit by the cyclonic storm that crossed the coast on
December 30, claiming 46 lives.