Aila in Bengal be declared `National Calamity`: Yechury
Last Updated: Sunday, August 02, 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 02, 2009, 22:28

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