A delegation led by YSR Congress President YS Jaganmohan Reddy met the Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and apprised him of the plight of Hudhud Cyclone affected people in north coastal districts and urged him to expedite relief and succour. “The Union Minister gave a patient hearing and assured of help to the affected people. As reports (on the extent of damage) are yet to come, once the reports arrive, the appraisal will begin and we will the Ministry will act immediately,“ Jagan told reporters quoting the Finance Minister after submitting a memorandum to him.
In a memorandum, Jagan explained in detail the magnitude of damage caused by the Hudhud Cyclone which left a trail of death and destruction behind and how the State has completely failed in addressing the issue. The State was found wanting on many counts as no proper enumeration was taken up, no official has visited the affected areas and 25 kgs of rice from Rs 1 kg scheme was given in some of the areas while majority of the villages were left out.
“I have personally toured the cyclone ravaged areas for ten days people poured their woes out and various sections of people, including fishermen and farmers bore the brunt while the State has failed in providing relief and rehabilitation,” he said. Farmers, who lost their crop, are not even eligible for crop insurance and their situation is very pathetic. We have brought to the notice of the Union Finance Minister all the facts and his response was good and gave a positive assurance.