TAMIL NADU

Rangasamy announces assistance for farmers

Special Correspondent

Pondicherry: Chief Minister N. Rangasamy has announced that farmers who had lost crop in the recent torrential rain in Pondicherry and Karaikal districts would be sanctioned Rs. 4000 per hectare of crop.

Addressing a press conference at the end of deliberations with the District Collector, G. Ragesh Chandra here on Monday, he said about 17,000 hectares of land were damaged in Pondicherry and Karaikal regions.

He said the amount would be released from the corpus fund.

Mr. Rangasamy said he had also presented a detailed memorandum to the central team during its visit here on Saturday.

The Chief Minister said he had sought an interim assistance of Rs. 39.29 crores from the Centre to provide relief and take up rehabilitation works in the rain-ravaged pockets.

He said the administration had already distributed a cash assistance of Rs. 500 to each of the 2.74 lakh families on the basis of the ration cards.

A 10-kilo rice was also given to them and the total amount spent for this was around Rs. 17 crores.

Health Minister E. Valsaraj and the Chairman of the Pondicherry distilleries, T. Jayamoorthy and the collector were also present.