Rs 132 cr relief sanctioned for crop damages

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Chennai, Jan 7 : Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin today today said Rs 132.12 crore has been released from the State Disaster Management Fund towards relief to farmers whose crops were damaged in recent rains.

Replying to the debate on the motion of thanks to the Governor for his

address, he said the DMK government always cared for the welfare of

the farmers.

Stating that several varieties of crops were damaged in the three-phase

rains that lashed the State since October 25, 2021, he said Rs 132.12 crore

has been released from SDMF for crops damaged in over 1.62 lakh hectares.

This would benefit more than 2.65 lakh small and marginal farmers and the

amount would be directly credit to the bank account of the farmers in one or

two days.

‘Though the Centre has not released funds from the NDRF towards relief,

the State government, taking into account the welfare of the farmers, has

released this amount from its own funds”, Mr Stalin said.

On the recent floods in Chennai due to heavy rains and release of surplus

waters from the reservoirs, Mr Stalin recalled the steps taken to minimise

the losses, including deaths, and said the government had immediately

release Rs 801 crore without waiting for the NDRF funds from the Centre.

He also announced allocation of Rs 1,000 crore for taking various works

in view of the damages caused by rains. The works in this regard will start

immediately.

He also said the government was committed to save the people from

natural disasters and assured that by the time the next monsoon sets in

over the State, there would not be any sufferings for the people due to

rains.

He also listed out the steps taken by his government during the second

wave of COVID and said there was a significant increase in administering

vaccination doses, with more than eight crore jabs given to the people.

He said the government has made the vaccination drive as a movement

following which more than 80 per cent of the people have taken their

first doses and 67 per cent second doses.

Referring to concerns raised by the Opposition AIADMK members, the

Chief Minister assured that the ‘Amma Unavagams’ (Amma subsidised

canteens launched by late Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa), will not be shut.

Recalling various programmes launched by the erstwhile DMK regime which

were dropped after the AIADMK came to power, including converting the

new Assembly complex at Omandurar Estate as Multi-Speciality hospital and

closing down of Uzhavar Sandhais (Farmer shandys), Mr Stalin said the DMK

government would not close down any schemes launched by the previous

AIADMK regime and it has no such ideas.

On closure of Amma Clinics, he said “how can we close it when it is not

functioning”.

Referring to concerns raised by floor leaders of several parties on the

growing incidence of sexual assault on girl students and women, he

said the government has build the confidence among the women that

due action would be taken on all complaints given by them.

He said so far 2,363 POCSO cases were registered across the State. Of

the 338 cases registered in Chennai city, chargesheets were filed in respect

of 135 cases.

He said he had directed the police to expedite the trial in all these cases and

said in one case filed at Royapettah Police station in the city on May 19, 2021,

chargesheet was filed in 23 days, trail was held and verdict was given in 82 days

on August 31, 2021, he added.

On the employees protest by Taiwanese firm Foxconn over poor hostel and food

facilities, Mr Stalin said the government held talks with the company management

which has promised to take care of the welfare of the employees by providing all

basic facilities to them.

He said the facility is all set to resume manufacturing accessories for mobile

and Iphones on January 12.

Earlier, AIADMK members staged a walk out from the House protesting against

a Bill seeking to reduce the term of members elected through Cooperative

Societies from five to three years. Later, the Bill was passed by voice vote.

Later, Speaker M Appavu adjourned the House, which began with the Governor’s

address on January five, sine die.

UNIINDIA

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