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Government has already started extending aid, he says

assessing damage: PCC president D Srinivas with affected farmers at Kakinada on Thursday. — Photo: S. Rambabu
assessing damage: PCC president D Srinivas with affected farmers at Kakinada on Thursday. — Photo: S. Rambabu

Assuring the rain-affected people that relief would be provided to each and every family that was affected by the natural calamity, president of Andhra Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) D. Srinivas on Thursday said that the party president Sonia Gandhi was moved by the plight of the victims and asked him to visit the affected areas.

Launching his district tour from here, Mr. Srinivas, along with Panchayat Raj Minister Botcha Satyanarayana and Social Welfare Minister Pilli Subhash Chandrabose visited the low-lying areas behind Ambedkar Bhavan and interacted with the public.

He later proceeded towards Atchyutapura Trayam, Indrapalem and I. Polavaram before entering Ambajipet.

During his brief interaction with the victims, Mr. Srinivas said that help was already being disbursed by the State government in the form of free distribution of rice and kerosene.

He said that a share in the crop insurance would be distributed to the tenant farmers and input subsidy would be given to those who were not entitled to get the crop insurance.

‘No politics'

During his brief interaction with the media, he made it clear that it was not possible for the party to provide help to the victims, as the number was very high.

To a question on the news published in a section of media about shifting of Chief Minister K. Rosaiah to a neighbouring State as Governor, Mr. Srinivas said that the objective of his tour was to meet the cyclone victims and to get the first hand information about the impact of the calamity, but not to discuss politics. He visited Razole before leaving for West Godavari district.

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