TN announces slew of measures for cyclone relief

PTI Chennai | Updated on March 12, 2018 Published on January 11, 2012


The Tamil Nadu Government today announced a series of relief measures to farmers in the cyclone-affected Cuddalore district, including a sum of Rs 210 crore as compensation for damaged crops.

The Chief Minister, Ms J. Jayalalithaa, said standing crops, including cash crops in over 2.24 lakh hectares, had been completely damaged due to the cyclone Thane, which hit the district on December 30, thus severely affecting the farm sector.

“I have directed that compensation be paid above the Central Government stipulations and Rs 210 crore will be disbursed as relief for damage to crops alone,” she said in an official statement here.

Further, as part of a package to the farmers in Cuddalore, saplings of coconut, cashew and jackfruit would be given without any cost and the government would bear the maintenance cost for a year, she said.

Farm labourers would be paid wages under the MNREGA and this would cover farmers who take up works in their own land also, she said, adding that the government would provide a Mini Kit comprising seeds and fertilisers to farmers who take up plantation of pulses.

This Mini Kit would be given free-of-cost, Ms Jayalalithaa said, adding that the package would benefit 3.45 lakh farmers in Cuddalore.

Infrastructure was the worst affected, with roads and water lines damaged due to the cyclone fury and four lakh huts and tile-topped houses have been damaged, she said, adding that 5,000 personnel of the TNEB would be added to the existing 3,000 who are working round-the-clock to restore power lines.

Restoration works were on a “war-footing,” she added.

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Published on January 11, 2012
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