Chennai: DMK chief and Leader of Opposition M.K Stalin put the blame on state government for sluggish relief works terming them 'unsatisfactory'.
Addressing the media on Friday here, he alleged the relief activity was not as expected in the delta belts battered by Cyclone Gaja a week ago.
The DMK chief also urged Chief Minister K Palaniswami to convene a meeting of stakeholders from the region to take forward the relief activities in an effective manner.
Stating that the Chief Minister should stay put in the delta region to oversee the relief work, the Leader of Opposition said, “The people in the delta region have already lost their livelihood with the relief works remaining unsatisfactory for them. Further, the need of the hour is Palaniswami should stay there and monitor the relief works, which should be expedited. Moreover, he should regulate the relief activities.”
Most importantly, the Chief Minister should convene a meeting of stakeholders, including farmers from delta region and political parties’ representatives and welfare organisations to discuss further streamlining and expediting the relief and rehabilitation efforts, he noted.
The former deputy Chief Minister also hinted that Cyclone Gaja had crossed the delta coast between Nagapattinam and Vedaranyam on November 16, claiming 63 lives and leaving behind a trail of destruction, severely affecting the farming, fishing and power sectors....