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Rain havoc: All-party team to seek Central aid

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Thiruvananthapuram: The State Cabinet on Tuesday decided to send an all-party delegation to meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in New Delhi seeking special assistance for the victims of the recent monsoon havoc in Idukki and other districts.

The decision was taken on the basis of a consensus reached at an all-party meeting held earlier in the day.

“This is something unparalleled. An all-party team will meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh after getting his date to seek special assistance for the rain battered area,” Chief Minister Ommen Chandy told reporters after a special cabinet meeting that followed the all-party conference.

Terming the calamity as one of the worst suffered by the State, Chandy said that the compensation for damage to houses would go up from Rs.1 lakh to Rs.2 lakh in the case of houses destroyed in landslips and heavy rain. Up to Rs.50, 000 would be provided for damaged houses, depending on the extent of damage. The hike would have retrospective effect from June 1.

Chandy said that he had also requested to immediately depute a team of Central ministers to assess the nature and extent of the natural calamities in Idukki.

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