The amount of Rs.500 crore announced for taking up flood relief is not sufficient and the State should enhance it, said G. Ramakrishnan, State secretary of the Communist Party of India (Marxist), here on Wednesday.

He visited flood-affected areas in Nagapattinam and Tiruvarur districts. Later, he told reporters that expenditure incurred by farmers for cultivating paddy on an acre was Rs.13,000. But the State government had announced Rs.9,000 per hectare of crop damage, which worked out to only about Rs.3,500 per acre.

“So we demand that Rs.15,000 be paid as compensation per acre of crop damaged, We also demand payment of Rs.5000 to Rs.10,000 for houses damaged in the rain.”

Highlighting these demands, the CPI (M) would organise road roko agitation in Thanjavur, Tiruvarur Nagapattinam and three blocks in Cuddalore districts on December 11.

Mr. Ramakrishnan said that 50,000 group houses in Nagapattinam and Tiruvarur districts were damaged in the rain. Those who lived in group houses should also be included as beneficiaries under Kalaignar's housing scheme.

Mr. Ramakrishnan said that Thiruvoimoor village in Nagapattinam district and Komal village near Thiruthuraipoondi in Tiruvarur district were the worst-hit owing to breaches in Puthar and Harsichandranathi. They were marooned and people had to move out to schools and temples. No action had been taken by officials to restore normality in the villages.

Seeks permanent plan

Mr. Ramakrishnan called for a permanent plan to prevent floods in the Cauvery delta districts of Thanjavur, Tiruvarur and Nagapattinam as floods had become a regular occurrence.

“There should be monsoon preparation in these districts to prevent the scourge of floods.”

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