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TN taking all necessary steps to provide relief to rain-hit

Press Trust of India  |  Coimbatore 

The Tamil Nadu government is providing necessary relief to the rain-hit people of Nilgiris district, Chief Minister K Palaniswami said on Monday.

Hitting out at DMK chief M K Stalin, the chief minister said he visited the district only for "publicity sake."

"He (Stalin) visited the area only for publicity sake, that too the day after the revenue minister visited the affected areas for assessing the situation," he told reporters at the airport here.

"Unlike him, the government will take all measures and provide relief to the people and compensate their losses.

Relief funds can be sought from the Centre only after proper assessment of the losses," Palaniswami said.

Stating that necessary safety measures were taken in the district, he said steps were taken to conserve water without wasting it.

He said deputy chief minister O Panneerselvam, who accompanied him, will proceed to Nilgiris district to study the situation and comfort affected people tomorrow.

"The DMK alliance has done no good (to the people)," he alleged, adding that the State government was supporting the good schemes of the Centre.

Palaniswami said water would be released from the Mettur Dam Tuesday for irrigation in delta districts, following huge inflows.

Accusing the Tamil Nadu government of not taking any preventive measures to tackle the impact of rains and floods, Stalin had demanded that the district be declared a natural disaster-prone district.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Mon, August 12 2019. 22:30 IST