CHENNAI: Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami on Thursday reached out to the agitated fishermen in Kanniyakumari still reeling under the impact of cyclone Ockhi, by announcing a slew of assistance to the families of those who had lost their lives and others who had suffered various losses.
He also wrote to Prime Minister Narenda Modi urging him to declare the havoc a national disaster. Earlier, Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan approached the Centre with the same request, but Union minister KJ Alphons said there was “no provision” to go about it.
Palaniswami said the kin of each fisherman who died in the natural calamity would be awarded a compensation of Rs10 lakh, and for those severely wounded `5 lakh alternative livelihood allowance and Rs 50,000 for treatment.
The CM’s announcement came in the wake of fishermen from eight villages staging a rail roko at the Kuzhithurai station in Kanniyakumari on Thursday demanding effective measures to trace missing fishermen and adequate compensation for those killed in the cyclone, besides action to bring stranded fishermen back.
“The CM has ordered disbursement of a compensation of Rs 10 lakh, including Rs 2 lakh insurance aid for families of each of the fishermen killed in Ockhi cyclone,” an official press release said.