Puducherry: Observing that cylone Thane had
caused extensive damage, the CPI has slammed the Centre for
"delay" in sanctioning relief to Puducherry.
It is a pity that the Centre is yet to announce 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
The cyclone had caused 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 accept 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 cylonic storm that crossed the coast on
December 30, claiming 46 lives.