Staff Reporter

NELLORE: Ministers, MLAs and MPs who attended the District Review Committee (DRC) meeting have unanimously resolved to supply rice, kerosene and other material to the fishermen who lost their boats and nets during ‘Khai Muk’ cyclone, which hit the State recently. District in-charge Minister Pinnamaneni Venkateswara Rao has directed the Collector to sent a note to the government on supplying rice, pulses, oil and other material to the cyclone victims. Alluru MLA Katamreddy Vishnuvardhan Reddy said the cyclone named ‘Khai Muk’ caused extensive damage in the coastal villages in Kavali, Allur and other mandals in the district. Boats and nets worth some lakhs of rupees were washed away into the sea and even till today the fishermen could not go for hunting, he said.

Kovur MLA Polamreddy Srinivasulu Reddy has appealed to the Minister and the Collector to distribute rice, pulses and kerosene to the fishermen who suffered losses during cyclone.

Responding to the plea, Collector K. Ramgopal said that the Fisheries and Revenue Departments officials visited the affected villages and found that nets and boats, worth Rs. 2.02 crore were washed away in the coastal villages. A report has been sent to the relief commissioner in this regard, he said.

Atmakur MLA Kommi Lakshminaidu alleged that the officials were not following protocol in the constituency and were not inviting him for official programmes. He said there was no invitation for the recent Tourism Department’s inauguration programme and road laying works in the mandal.

The Panchayat Raj officials said there was no time to meet the MLA and the inauguration works were taken up in a hurry. Not satisfied with the reply, the MLA said that the issue was taken to the notice of the Collector twice and demanded action against the officials concerned.