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Centre, State have failed to mitigate cyclone losses, says Naidu

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Manmohan, Kiran flayed for not visiting the affected areas

Telugu Desam president N. Chandrababu Naidu has said the Central and State governments have failed in mitigating the losses caused by Neelam, Phailin, and Helen cyclones.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy did not bother to visit the areas struck by the series of cyclones.

The loss caused by recent cyclones was officially pegged at about Rs.10,000 crore but it would be several times higher as there were no authentic estimates, he said at a press conference here on Wednesday.

He wanted the devastation caused by Helen be declared a ‘national calamity’ and financial assistance given accordingly. Mr. Chandrababu Naidu said that the much-hyped crop insurance scheme had failed as not a single rupee was paid to a vast majority of the farmers who bore the brunt of cyclones.

Tenant farmers were the worst-hit having invested heavily on tens of acres taken by them on lease. Procurement of damaged crop was largely confined to promises. The State government has absolutely no idea of water management.

Had Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy and his teams of officials known when and how to operate reservoirs and canals under the Godavari and Krishna deltas, the agriculture sector would have been in a better shape, Mr. Naidu observed.

“The governments had wrong priorities.

At a time when Andhra Pradesh is being battered by cyclones in quick succession, they are busy with its bifurcation. They should pay due attention to the calamities and come to the people’s rescue,” Mr. Chandrababu Naidu opined.

TDP district president Devineni Umamaheswara Rao, MP Konakalla Narayana, former MP Gadde Rammohan Rao, former government whip Kagita Venkata Rao and others were present.


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