FM Nirmala Sitharaman cites IMD alert, to blame Tamil Nadu government for floods distress | India News


NEW DELHI: The Centre has released Rs 900 crore to Tamil Nadu‘s disaster relief fund to deal with unprecedented rains that created havoc in four districts of Tenkasi, Kanyakumari, Tirunelveli and Tuticorin on December 17, leading to 31 deaths and thousands being evacuated to safe shelters .
Briefing the media on Friday, finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman said that the Centre has released Rs 900 crore in two instalments to the state disaster relief fund which already had an opening balance of Rs 813 crore in the beginning of the financial year for dealing with the natural calamities.
“At the beginning of this financial year (April 2023), the opening balance of Tamil Nadu’s SDRF was Rs 813.15 crore. Of the total Rs 900 crore allocated to TN, the first installment of Rs 450 crore was already released. The second instalment of Rs 450 crore was also released before the cyclone. So, we have released the entire fund earmarked for this year to Tamil Nadu,” she said.
The finance minister blamed the state authorities for laxity in dealing with the excessive rainfall which was predicted days in advance. The FM said that when such a massive disaster was unfolding in Tamil Nadu, chief minister M K Stalin was in Delhi with the INDI Alliance.


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