Centre must assess TN rain damages again: CPI

CPI national secretary D Raja said PM Modi's recent visit to Chennai should not remain "only a stock taking exercise".

New Delhi: CPI on Saturday asked the Centre to carry out fresh assessment of damages caused by torrential rains in Tamil Nadu even as the party insisted J Jayalalithaa dispensation in the southern state to arrange for clothes, food and medicine supply to the affected "immediately".

CPI national secretary D Raja said Prime Minister Narendra Modi's recent visit to Chennai should not remain "only a stock taking exercise" and expected things to move "swiftly" on ground in view of "unforeseen" problems, likely to surface when water levels recede.

Raja joined another Left outfit, CPI(ML), on the demand that Tamil Nadu be declared a "national disaster-hit" state.

The Rajya Sabha member said Centre must respond "quickly" to demands put forth by the state government, which he maintained will not be able to fight the calamity alone.

"A central team had paid visit to rain-hit areas of the state earlier. But given the current condition, Centre must send a team again there for fresh assessment and provide adequate assistance. Modi Government must respond quickly to the demands coming from the state," Raja said.

"The state government must ensure people receive clothes, food and healthcare facilities. It must also restore electricity supply locally on priority. People have suffered damage to properties. State must compensate those," he said.

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