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Centre didn't sanction funds sought by TN govt after natural disasters: CM

Districts of Cuddalore and Pudukottai also bore the brunt of the severe cyclonic storm

Press Trust of India  |  Salem (TN) 

Edappadi, Palaniswami, Tamil Nadu
Edappadi K Palaniswami

The on Friday alleged that the Centre had not sanctioned funds sought by it in the wake of such as cyclones, saying this was the case with both the NDA dispensation and its predecessor, the UPA.

The accusation comes on day Cyclone 'Gaja' crossed the state's coast killing 11 people and causing severe damage to communication and power infrastructure, mainly in Nagapattinam district.

Districts of Cuddalore and Pudukottai also bore the brunt of the severe cyclonic storm.

Chief Minister K said only a "specified" amount had been sanctioned in the past and the state was meeting the expenses on such matters from its funds.

Palaniswami's response came to reporters' queries on whether the Centre had acceded to Tamil Nadu's demand and released the entire amount for post-Vardah relief activities in 2016, which was around Rs 220 billion.

had battered Chennai, Tiruvallur and Kancheepuram districts.

Journalists also asked the chief minister about the Centre heeding Tamil Nadu's possible demand for a relief package in the wake of cyclone 'Gaja'.

"This central government (NDA) has also not given. To my knowledge, the previous (UPA) government has also not sanctioned the entire amount (as demanded by Tamil Nadu) following the cyclone," he said.

"We gave the estimate. They only allocated a specified sum. We are spending from the state funds only," added.

Though did not name any relief package, the state government had in the recent past sought central funds post-(Rs 220 billion) in 2016 and drought relief of around Rs 395 billion last year.

To a question, he said the government will seek central funds after assessing the damage caused by Cyclone 'Gaja'.

The severe cyclonic storm had claimed 11 lives so far, the chief minister said.

First Published: Fri, November 16 2018. 17:20 IST