Govt asks Oil Marketing companies to provide relief to flood affected people of Chennai
 Source : News Bharati English  Date : 21-Dec-2015

New Delhi, December 21: Government on Saturday urged the Oil Marketing companies of India to provide relief to flood affected people of Chennai in any terms they could. Tamil Nadu had hit with torrential rains earlier this month for at least 10 days, due to which capital city was flooded.

According to Official Statement “The Minister of State (I/C) for Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan has instructed the Oil Marketing Companies to provide all possible relief to the flood and rain ravaged people of Chennai, Tamilnadu”.

Minister asked companies to follow the steps proposed to be undertaken by the Oil Marketing Companies that is the companies will organize a special camp for supply of documents on priority basis, regarding documents lost in the floods,.

Regarding cases where cylinders are lost, Ministry proposed the arrangement that for BPL families, the companies will charge nominal Rs 200 per cylinder for replacing old cylinders and for APL families, the affected families will pay Rs 1200 (manufacturing cost of the cylinder) for cylinders lost during floods.

The above proposed measures to be undertaken by the Companies are expected to provide necessary relief to the affected and distressed people.

Tamil Nadu has faced a loss of at least 8000 crore and inundates has claimed more than 269 lives. To recover this, Centre had sanctioned at least 2000 crore immediate fund to the Tamil Nadu government from Prime Minister’s Relief Fund.

Whereas, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa urged the central government to sanction Rs.10,250 crore towards rehabilitation of the flood affected in the state. In this regard, Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu met Jayalalithaa at the state secretariat.

At the meeting, Ms Jayalalithaa highlighted certain critical areas with which Naidu's ministry is directly connected in the rehabilitation of the flood victims, a government release said.

Earlier, Banking Sector has rolled out mobile ATM machines to the capital and surrounding areas of Chennai to overcome financial crisis due to rains as many pockets of Chennai was flooded above chest.

Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Sunday asked bankers to go "almost on a mission mode" to extend soft loans to people in the flood-affected districts of Tamil Nadu even as Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa urged him to release Rs 2,000 crore for sustaining reconstruction efforts.

Jaitley, in his second meeting with Jayalalithaa this year, held discussions at the Secretariat for about 45 minutes during which she apprised him of the "calamity of unprecedented magnitude" that ravaged the Chennai, Kancheepuram, Tiruvallur and Cuddalore districts.

The reason for inundates is believed to be the irregular constructions without leaving any space for flooded water to move. The flooding in Chennai city was worsened by years of illegal development and inadequate levels of flood preparedness.