PUDUCHERRY:AIADMK Legislature Party leader P Purushothaman has urged the Territorial government to provide adequate compensation to the farmers hit by heavy rains and winds owing to depression, leaving a trail of destruction.
In a statement, the AIADMK MLA condemned the government for failing to make the official machinery act and for following a relaxed approach in providing succour to the farmers and public affected by the downpour. Purushothaman urged the government to provide Rs 3000 for all the ration cardholders as rain relief and also demanded a compensation of Rs 4 lakh to the family of person, who died in a wall collapse. The AIADMK leader asked the government to provide Rs 30,000 per acre as relief for the paddy cultivators, whose produce was hit during the rain. He demanded Rs 50,000 per acre for the affected banana farmers.
He urged the administration to release Rs 40,000 per acre for tapioca and other crops and Rs 3,000 per coconut tree devastated by the rain. He wanted the government to provide one month salary based on one day’s income to the unorganised workers in the agriculture as well as construction sector.
The AIADMK leader sought financial assistance for those houses which collapsed.
Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (North) convenor S P Sivakumar urged the administration to provide relief measures on a warfooting to the people affected in the heavy rain which lashed Puducherry under the influence of the deep depression in the Bay of Bengal.
In a statement here on Wednesday, Sivakumar said farmers and poor labourers were severely hit because of the rain as their crops were lost and at different places poor people were affected following wall collapse. Power and water supplies were disrupted in several villages and the newly laid roads were also worn out. Hence, the government should take steps to provide relief on a warfooting, he said.
Sivakumar demanded separate arrangements and assistance to those whose houses were damaged. He regretted that the administration failed to provide free food to the affected people as usual.
Meanwhile the state BJP secretary R Saminathan, in a statement on Wednesday, urged the administration to take immediate steps on a warfooting to prevent the spread of Dengue.
The administration should take steps to pump the stagnated rainwater out and prevent people from getting affected by diseases. Since, there is a possibility of spreading of dengue fever, Japanese encephalitis and other vector-borne diseases, the government should take steps to provide ‘Nilavembu Kudineer’ concoction, and papaya leaves juice free of cost to all school and college students, he said. The larvae of mosquitoes should be killed by spraying larvaecidal oil or by fogging, he added.