Tamil Nadu to seek Rs 19,665 crore compensation for losses in drought

Chennai Tamil Nadu Government on Friday decided to submit a memorandum to the Centre, seeking Rs19,665 crore compensation for the losses it suffered on account of the drought.

Chief Minister Jayalalithaa, making a suo motu statement in the Assembly, said the memorandum would be sent immediately with various components, including a compensation of Rs 9286.20 crore towards damage suffered by the agriculture sector and losses by TANGEDCO (Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation) to the tune of Rs 2661.32 crore.

The Chief Minister also announced Rs 1754.86 crore relief package to non-Cauvery Delta districts on the lines of one given to Delta districts in February this year.

Today's relief package covers crop-loss sustained by farmers in these districts, besides employment guarantee scheme, the MGNREGA, she said.

The state government has already announced 31 of the 32 districts, except Chennai, as drought-hit following failure of North East and South West Monsoons.

Story First Published: April 19, 2013 12:22 IST

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