People's Democracy

(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)


No. 48

December 07, 2008



Allot Additional Funds For Flood Relief


THE CPI(M) state committee demanded the central government to allot additional funds to Tamilnadu state government for giving flood relief to the people.

N Varadarajan, state secretary of CPI(M) said that a central team should visit Tamilnadu to assess the damages due to the flood that played havoc on the lives of people living in the coastal districts of Tamilnadu.

In the last ten days, unprecedented rain and cyclonic effect had struck the normal life in almost all the coastal districts and in Chennai. The teams that included T K Rangarajan, MP and Central Committee member of CPI(M) and Party MLAs toured the affected districts and met the people.

Thousands of Party members are directly involved in relief work in various places. More than 100 people have lost their lives and crops were lost in 15 lakh acres of land. Poor people have lost their houses too. Lakhs of people are displaced due to the rain and flood. They are staying in relief camps. Normal life of the people is completed paralysed.

For the relief work, the state government of Tamilnadu has allotted only 100 crores. Two thousand rupees has been announced for those who have lost their homes and one lakh rupees is being given to the families of the deceased. The CPI(M) demanded additional allotment of funds and increasing the relief amount.

The demands are as follows: