CM Jagan tours cyclone-affected areas, meets people and assures support

8 Dec, 2023 18:11 IST|Sakshi Post

Vijayawada, Dec 8: Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy toured the cyclone-ravaged areas in Tirupati and Bapatla districts on Friday and assured the victims that the government would stand by them in every respect.

He undertook an aerial survey of the flood-affected areas in Tirupati District along with the District Collector, who explained the details of the loss caused by the cyclone. The Chief Minister addressed the cyclone victims at Balireddy Palem in Vakadu Mandalam and assured them that the government would extend financial support to all farmers who suffered crop loss due to the cyclone.

On the way to Balireddy Palem from Vidyanagar helipad, the Chief Minister examined the breach in the Swarnamukhi River besides visiting some of the affected paddy fields and speaking to farmers. He spoke to the accompanying officials and inquired about the progress of the restoration of civic amenities like drinking water and power supply, as well as repairs to damaged roads. He also gave directions to the officials on the enumeration of crop loss.

He said that 8364 people have been shifted to 92 relief camps, and more than 60,000 people have been supplied with groceries, including 25 kg of rice. He told the victims that every house that received floodwater would be given Rs. 2500 each in the next four or five days, and volunteers and village secretariat staff would distribute the amount. Farmers who have suffered crop loss in the cyclone would be supplied seeds with an 80 per cent subsidy within a week, he said, adding that power supply has been restored in half of the affected areas, and officials are working hard to restore it in the rest.

The Chief Minister also said that officials have proposed to build a high-level bridge across River Swarnamukhi, and the government is ready to build it with a cost of Rs. 30 crore. He said the government has received proposals to repair nearly 110 tanks damaged in the cyclone, and an amount of Rs. 32 crore has been sanctioned to repair them. The repair works will soon begin.

Reiterating that it is the people’s government, he assured them that only good things would happen to the people in the present dispensation, and the administration is ready to help them in difficult times. The government will extend financial relief transparently.

Interacting with the cyclone victims at Pathanday Palem in Bapatla district, the Chief Minister said that all cyclone-affected would receive financial aid. He said that the government has evolved a system to help the victims of natural calamities, and volunteers and village secretariat staff are identifying the cyclone-affected victims and displaying the lists at the Secretariats. He asked the people not to believe the lies being spread by the opposition and a section of the media. Names of those who missed in the lists would be included after a social audit, he said, adding that people are free to contact officials if their names are not found for any reason.

He further said that farmers are getting input subsidy and insurance claims promptly now, unlike during the TDP rule, and this time, the input subsidy would be paid before the Sankranti festival. The Chief Minister said that 55 lakh farmers received insurance claims worth Rs. 7800 crore in the last 54 months, while only 34 lakh farmers received insurance worth Rs. 3400 crore during the TDP rule. He asked people not to believe the false propaganda of the agenda-driven media. Bapatla MLA Kona Raghupati was also present.

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