TN wants Rs 26k crore more as flood aid

TN wants Rs 26k crore more as flood aid
After computing the estimated damages during the recent rains and floods, the Tamil Nadu government has asked the Centre to sanction Rs 26,000 crore package for the state.

“After preparing the supplementary memorandum that reflects damages caused during the fourth spell of rainfall and the consequent floods in the first week of December, Tamil Nadu immediately needs an additional sum of Rs 17,431.51 crore for temporary and permanent restoration", Chief Minister J Jayalalitha said in a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Urging the Centre to settle the earlier requirement of Rs 8,481 crore,  she said the state would overall require Rs 25,912.45 crore for relief and restoration efforts. She said Tamil Nadu cannot meet the cost of rebuilding infrastructure and reducing distress caused to people by the recent floods, especially after the losses the state had to bear due to tax devolution and transfers recommended by the 14th Finance Commission.

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