Reportedly tamil Nadu chief minister M K stalin on saturday announced a cyclone relief package comprising Rs 6,000 cash assistance and increased payout under other categories including enhanced compensation for flood-hit crops. The cash assistance to people, whose livelihoods were affected by the cyclone, would be paid in cash at the ration shops (Public Distribution System outlets) in their respective residential neighborhoods. On december 3 and 4, under the influence of Cyclone ‘Michaung,’ chennai and nearby areas in Chengelpet, Kancheepuram and Tiruvallur districts received heavy to very heavy rainfall leading to heavy inundation and damage to properties and loss of lives.

The Chief Minister’s announcement followed a hi-level meeting chaired by him at the secretariat that reviewed damage due to floods and the relief to be provided to the affected people. A government press release said stalin has ordered increasing the compensation for rain-hit crops (33 per cent and above) including paddy from Rs 13,500 per hectare to Rs 17,000. If perennial crops and trees had been affected, the compensation per hectare would be hiked to Rs 22,500 per hectare from Rs 18,000.

For rain-fed crops, the compensation would be increased to Rs 8,500 from Rs 7,410 per hectare. The solatium to the kin of those who lost their lives in rain related incidents due to the cyclone would be increased to Rs five lakh from Rs four lakh. As regards damage to boats and fishing nets, the government outlined category-wise assistance, like those for partial and full damage. It includes enhancement of maximum subsidy to 7.50 lakh, from Rs five lakh, for fully damaged mechanized boats. For loss of lives of cattle including cows and bull, the compensation would be increased to Rs 37,500 from Rs 30,000. For goat breeds like ‘Velladu’ and ‘Semmariadu’, the compensation would be hiked to Rs 4,000 from Rs 3,000. The assistance to damaged huts shall be now Rs 8,000 from Rs 5,000.

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