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Jayalalithaa Seeks Rs.5000 Crore for Slum Unseated Flood Victims

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa has demanded the Centre to give more money for rehabilitation of floodv victims in the state and in a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, she sought Rs.5,000 crore for the purpose.

Jayalalithaa said at least 50,000 multi-storied tenements are required to house the flood affected families on a land to be provided free by the state government. Since many slum-dwellers are the worst victims, she asked Modi to make a special allocation of Rs.750 crore for 50,000 houses at the rate of Rs.1.5 lakh per house as central grant. With a state grant of Rs. 1 Lakh, she said the victims can be rehabilitated.

In Tamil Nadu districts of Tiruvallur, Cuddalore, Kanchipuram and Tuticorin districts, Jayalalithaa asked Modi for a special allocation of 1 lakh houses. This will be in addition to those houses granted under the Indira Awaas Yojana, she stated.

On November 23, Jayalalithaa had asked for central funding of Rs.8,481 crore towards flood relief and an immediate relief of Rs.2,000 crore. When the Centre had sent its team, another wave of floods and rains hit Chennai making it more obvious and urgent for the rehabilitation of victims who had gone up ten times since then.

More than 350 people were killed in the rains and floods since October and more than 17 lakh people were reportedly made shelter-less due to the natural calamity in the state. Modi, in his visit, announced a relief of Rs.1,000 crore in addition to previously promised Rs.940 crore.

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