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Rs. 75 lakhs for Pondicherry from The Hindu Relief Fund

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The Editor-in-Chief of The Hindu, N. Ram, accompanied by the Joint Managing Director, N. Murali, presenting a demand draft for Rs. 75 lakhs to the Pondicherry Chief Minister, N. Rangasamy, for tsunami relief in Pondicherry on Saturday.

PONDICHERRY, FEB. 5. A demand draft for Rs. 75 lakhs from The Hindu Relief Fund was presented to the Pondicherry Chief Minister, N. Rangasamy, here today by the Editor-in-Chief of the newspaper, N. Ram, and its Joint Managing Director, N. Murali.

Commending the swift relief and rehabilitation measures initiated by the Pondicherry Government after the December 26 tsunami, Mr. Ram said the Rs. 75-lakh contribution came from the readers and well-wishers of The Hindu . It could be used to rehabilitate the fisherfolk in the Union Territory, particularly in the Karaikal area.

Mr. Rangasamy explained that 587 lives were lost in the tsunami, especially in the Karaikal region. A majority of them were children and women, who were playing or at home as it happened to be a Sunday morning. The Government had immediately organised relief and was now implementing the rehabilitation package. It was easier to find alternative sites for housing the affected families in Karaikal, but in the fishing hamlets closer to Pondicherry, there were problems due to the limited land availability.

The Chief Minister said that it was possible in the Karaikal region to provide housing well beyond the 500 metres from the high tide line. But this was difficult in other areas. He thanked The Hindu for its gesture.

From The Hindu Relief Fund, Rs. 5 crores has been given to Tamil Nadu, Rs. 2 crores to the Centre for rehabilitation in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Rs. 1.5 crores to Kerala, Rs. 75 lakhs to Andhra Pradesh and now Rs. 75 lakhs to Pondicherry, making up a total of Rs. 10 crores.

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