Days after urging Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for measures leading to immediate release of the 16 fishermen from Tamil Nadu who are languishing in an Iranian jail, Chief Minister Jayalalithaa ordered financial assistance of Rs.1 lakh each to their families.

The decision was taken as the families were poor. The assistance sum would be disbursed from the Chief Minister’s Public Relief Fund, Ms.Jayalalithaa said in a statement on Tuesday.