New Delhi: As the extent of damage caused by
Sunday`s earthquake in Sikkim unfolded gradually, Prime
Minister Manmohan Singh spoke to Chief Minister Pawan Kumar
Chamling again on Tuesday to assure him that the Centre would do
everything needed to deal with the situation.
Singh also called a meeting of the Cabinet Committee on
Political Affairs tonight to take stock of the situation and
discuss ways to help the state, PMO sources said.
The Prime Minister`s telephonic talk with Chamling was
the second since the powerful quake had struck Sikkim on
The Centre swung into action soon after the quake,
rushing relief and medical teams to the state.
Singh has also announced ex-gratia relief of Rs two lakh
for the kin of those killed in the quake and Rs one lakh for