Rs 5 lakh ex gratia to TS rain victims

HYDERABAD: Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao today said his government would extend a helping hand to those families, which suffered loss due to unseasonal rains. He announced Rs 5 lakh ex gratia to the kin of those died due to unseasonal rains in the State.

The Chief Minister held a high-level review meeting at Secretariat attended by Deputy Chief Minister Kadiam Srihari, Irrigation Minister T Harish Rao and other officials. Speaking on the occasion, KCR directed the officials to extend financial assistance to those families who suffered human loss. He noted that some districts witnessed thunderbolts, hailstorm and heavy rains that adversely affected the crops and felled old houses.

The Chief Minister also directed the district administrations to plunge into action and hand over financial assistance to the families, who suffered any loss. Expressing concern over the loss of human loss, collapse of houses and cattle loss in the heavy rains, the Chief Minister said the government would provide the needed assistance to the families in distress.

He also directed the district officials to send him the reports pertaining to losses due to unseasonal rains besides stepping up preventive measures. KCR also said the official machinery should immediately respond when natural calamities occur and extend all possible help. There cannot be any sort of dereliction on the part of the officials to attend those in distress, he added. (NSS)

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