Karuna asks Centre for funds for flood-hit farmers

Tamil Nadu on Sunday requested the Centre to allot more funds to provide relief to farmers affected by the recent floods in the state.

Updated: Jan 30, 2011, 23:01 PM IST

New Delhi: Tamil Nadu on Sunday requested the
Centre to allot more funds to provide relief to farmers
affected by the recent floods in the state.

Chief Minister M Karunanidhi made the request to
Agriculture Minister Shard Pawar when the NCP leader called on
him at the Tamil Nadu House here.

"Tamil Nadu is one of the states which have been
severely affected by the recent floods. The Chief Minister
told me that the Centre needs to help the state to provide
relief to farmers," the Union Minister told reporters after
the 30-minute meeting.

He said the Tamil Nadu Government`s proposal seeking
additional amount of Rs 1,800 crore as flood relief will be
placed before a high-level committee constituted by Prime
Minister Manmohan Singh.

"The proposal is currently with the Home Ministry.

"When it is placed before the high-level panel we will
take an appropriate decision. I have assured the Chief
Minister," he said.

Civil Aviation Minister Vayalar Ravi also met
Karunanidhi, who sought his intervention is speeding up the
modernisation of the Chennai International Airport.

"He sought my intervention. I said I will talk to
officials and then get back to him," he said.

The Chief Minister also asked Ravi to take steps to
set up an airport in Tanjavur.

PTI