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Manmohan has promised all help: Rosaiah

Special Correspondent

State facing peculiar situation on disaster management front: Chief Minister

TIRUPATI: Chief Minister K. Rosaiah said that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, whom he called on at New Delhi on Saturday, had promised to immediately call for the reports submitted to the Central government by the official teams which had earlier toured the five flood-ravaged districts to study the damages.

Addressing a media conference at Tirupati after reviewing the drought situation in Chittoor district with officials and elected representatives, the Chief Minister said that Andhra Pradesh faced a peculiar situation, vis-a-vis the natural calamities in that, while some districts were reeling under the impact of the unprecedented floods which had taken a huge toll, some were in the grip of acute drought due to the prolonged dry spell.

Central aid

Of the 1128 mandals in the State, 981 had been officially declared drought-hit and Central assistance sought, he said. As for flood assistance, he said the Prime Minister had told him that the Rs.1,000 crore announced to the State was only the first instalment pending detailed examination of the reports submitted by the Central teams. Mr Rosaiah said the Prime Minister had acknowledged that Andhra Pradesh was a ‘very important’ State for the Centre and that the Centre would always stand by its side in times of calamities.

As for the situation in the flood-hit districts, he said many areas in towns like Kurnool still remained under 2 to 25 feet deep slush, though a huge contingent of sanitary worker and officials were engaged in clearing the mess.

Drought relief

Regarding drought relief in Chittoor district, Mr Rosaiah said the State government had already sanctioned Rs.567 crore, including Rs.506 crore earmarked exclusively for the Department of Agriculture to launch relief operations. On the demand raised by the TDP legislators led by the party’s Deputy Leader in the Assembly, G. Muddukrishnama Naidu, that all the 66 mandals of the district and not 46 alone must be declared drought-hit, Mr Rosaiah promised to report according to the Central Government. Among others in Mr Rosaiah’s entourage were Speaker N. Kirankumar Reddy, Ministers Dharmana Prasada Rao, G. Arunakumari and P. Ramachandra Reddy, District Collector V. Seshadri, district MPs, MLCs and MLAs, D.I.G. (Anantapur), Sujatha Rao and S.P. K. Lakshmi Reddy.

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