Rahul writes to Modi, seeks special package for cyclone-hit fishermen

Rahul writes to Modi, seeks special package for cyclone-hit fishermen
A day after taking charge as Congress President, Rahul Gandhi on Sunday wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking a special financial package for the fishermen of Kerala and Tamil Nadu who were affected by cyclone Ockhi.
 
Rahul had toured the cyclone-hit regions of the two states last week and shared his experiences with the prime minister. He also made an appeal to strengthen the cyclone forecasting system in coastal regions.
 
"I would request you to declare a comprehensive special financial package for the states of Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Union Territory of Lakshadweep to undertake rehabilitation, provide financial assistance to families of the deceased fishermen and for the overall development of the coastal region, including steps for prevention of such a tragedy, to the extent possible," he said.
 
Recalling his visit to the affected areas, Rahul said he felt first hand the immense pain and grief the tragedy had brought to the people, and hoped that the prime minister will also tour the areas in the coming days.
 
He also wanted the prime minister to ensure adequate measures for strengthening the weather update system and advance cyclone warning mechanism in coastal areas, besides providing life-saving instruments for fishermen sailing to the sea.
 
Rahul also underscored the need to construct sea walls and groynes in the vulnerable sea coasts of Kerala and Tamil Nadu.

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