Collector gives a power-point presentation to team members

The Central team on a visit to Tamil Nadu to assess the damage to agricultural crops in delta districts arrived in Tiruchi on Monday.

At Tiruchi airport, Collector Jayashree Muralidharan received the team led by Manash Choudhuri, deputy advisor, Agriculture Division, Planning Commission, New Delhi.

Other members in the team comprise K. Manoharan, director (in-charge), Directorate of Tobacco Development, Chennai; V. Srikanth, deputy director, Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance; P.J. Jose, deputy secretary, Ministry of Power; and superintending engineer (coordination), Cauvery Southern Rivers Organisation, Central Water Commission.

Senior State bureaucrats Rajiv Ranjan, principal secretary, Revenue; Sandeep Saxena, principal secretary, Agriculture; and Selvaraj, Director of Town Planning, accompanied the central team. Commissioner of Rural Development Vijayakumar arrived by road, district administration sources said.

Through a power-point presentation, the Collector apprised the team at the Circuit House of the damage to crops in Tiruchi district.

On Tuesday, the team will visit Thanjavur and other delta districts after assessing the damage to crops in Tiruverumbur block in Tiruchi district.