A detailed memorandum of the damage, based on a quick assessment has been submitted.

Our Bureau

Chennai, Jan. 4

THE Tamil Nadu Government has sought Central assistance of Rs 4,800 crore and 54,000 tonnes of food grain for the relief and rehabilitation of those affected by the tsunami.

The Chief Minister, Ms J. Jayalalithaa, in a letter to the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, sought the Centre's aid to help the victims get back to their normal lives. The total damage would run into several thousands of crores of rupees and requires a more detailed assessment.

She also said that due to the unprecedented nature of the tidal waves and the damage they caused, the usual norms of the Calamity Relief Fund should not be applied but a special package should be developed.

The Chief Minister submitted a detailed memorandum of the damage, based on a quick assessment, to serve as a basis for an immediate review of the requirements for relief and rehabilitation.

She requested that, based on the assessment, a final aid package should be provided to Tamil Nadu to enable the rehabilitation of the coastal areas.

The Chief Minister hoped that the central team visiting Tamil Nadu would go into all aspects of the havoc.

According to the memorandum, a copy of which was given to the media along with the letter, the major heads under which aid is sought are: search, rescue and gratuitous relief - Rs 204.95 crore, temporary relief package - Rs 90 crore, public health - Rs 71.45 crore, sustenance package to make good livelihood loss - Rs 261.36 crore, temporary housing - Rs 250 crore, permanent housing - Rs 750 crore, community assets restoration - Rs 709.22 crore, fishermen rehabilitation - Rs 1,054 crore, restoration of livelihood of others - Rs 130.62 crore, protection of sea coast and erosion prevention, and plan for prevention of inundation in Nagapattinam district - Rs 499 crore, restoration of ecology and development of mangrove forests - Rs 200 crore, and restoration of infrastructure - Rs 628.88 crore.

(This article was published in the Business Line print edition dated January 5, 2005)
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