BENGALURU: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa has finally accepted a cheque of `5 crore from the Karnataka government towards relief work for the flood-affected in Chennai, besides officially seeking relief in the form of milk and blankets.
Following the formal request from the Tamil Nadu government, Karnataka will be sending packaged milk and milk powder to Tamil Nadu and 50,000 blankets.
Jayalalithaa had earlier refused to accept the `5-crore help announced by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah as a goodwill gesture stating that she would seek help as and when necessary. Her decision was criticised by the politicians of the state.
Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister T B Jayachandra told reporters an official from Karnataka met chief secretary of Tamil Nadu on Sunday and handed over the cheque to him. During the meeting, the TN government requested for relief material from the Karnataka government, he added.
The CM then instructed KMF officials to get in touch with Tamil Nadu officials and send Good Life brand of milk and the milk powder as per their demand.
The CM has also asked Chief Secretary Kaushik Mukherjee to arrange 50,000 blankets to be sent to Chennai, Jayachandra said.
“We will supply milk, but the quantity and the place to deliver it should be decided by the Tamil Nadu government,” he said adding that the Karnataka government was with the people of Chennai and it would extend all help to them.