It has been raining heavily in Tamil Nadu since last October. Chennai was flooded in the first phase of rain itself. Various parts of Tamil Nadu were inundated due to continuous rains. People suffered as houses were pounded.
In districts including Thanjavur, Thiruvarur, Nagapattinam and Kanyakumari, thousands of acres of crops were submerged by the floods.
Chief Minister MK Stalin has announced a compensation of Rs 20,000 per hectare for crop damage. In this situation, a committee led by Union Home Secretary Rajiv Sharma visited Tamil Nadu and travelled extensively in the state to assess the rain and flood damages. Chief Minister MK Stalin has asked the committee for
Rs 4,625 crores to repair the damage caused by the floods.
After the Committee submits its report to the Central Government, funds will be allocated to Tamil Nadu as per the Committee’s recommendation. These funds will be provided through the National Disaster Relief Fund and the Special Fund Allocation. But the reality is that the relief fund requested by the affected state will not be given even half of what it asks for at any given time.
For example, the Tamil Nadu government has asked for a relief fund of Rs 14,910 crores for the victims of Cyclone Gaja in 2018. But the central government gave only Rs 1499 crores. This is what has been going on.
But at present Tamil Nadu is facing continuous damage due to rains and floods. The rain has not stopped yet. Due to occasional low pressure, the state is receiving incessant rainfall. Therefore, the Tamil Nadu government has said that the next step will be to ask the central government for more funds.
The recent monsoon floods have caused great damage in Tamil Nadu. Most of the roads have been damaged. Crops are ruined and farmers are worried.
Reconstruction work can only be done smoothly if the central government allocates huge funds to Tamil Nadu. Usually, the central team would come for inspection only after the rainwater is drained.
But this time the Central Committee has directly witnessed the rain damage. Therefore, the Central Government should change the usual practice and allocate the required fund to the Government of Tamil Nadu. The government of Tamil Nadu and the people of Tamil Nadu expect the allocation. Let’s wait.