Cyclone Gaja: Kamal Hassan calls funds sought from Centre an 'arbitrary figure', wants PM to visit Tamil Nadu

Tiruchirappalli: Actor-politician Kamal Haasan Thursday said the amount sought by the Tamil Nadu government as central assistance towards rehabilitation activities in Cyclone Gaja-hit districts seems to be an "arbitrary figure."

 Cyclone Gaja: Kamal Hassan calls funds sought from Centre an arbitrary figure, wants PM to visit Tamil Nadu

File image of Kamal Haasan. Firstpost/Naresh Sharma

The Makkal Needhi Maiam founder wanted the Prime Minister Narendra Modi and central ministers to visit the affected areas for an on-the-spot assessment. During his meeting with Modi in New Delhi Thursday, Chief Minister K Palaniswami sought Rs 15,000 crore as central assistance towards relief and rehabilitation activities in Cyclone-hit districts in the state.

"The quantum of funds being requested from Centre seems to be an arbitrary figure. No information has been released about Post Disaster Need Assessment for this disaster which is the basis to determine the required amount of funds," Haasan said in a statement.

The Prime Minister and other Central Ministers concerned need to visit the affected regions, rather than the chief minister of the affected state visiting Delhi, Haasan said.

Haasan said his party had collected relief material worth Rs 1.2 crore and dispatched it to the affected areas in 60-70 vehicles Thursday alone by party members. Waiver of crop loans for the affected farmers and grant of crop insurance award at the earliest were some relief measures suggested by the party.

Updated Date: Nov 23, 2018 16:01:38 IST