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Aid:A.Suganthi, Collector, giving away the Chief Minister's Public Relief Fund to S.Rajammal in Pudukottai, on Monday.
PUDUKOTTAI: With tears in her eyes, a woman who lost her two daughters when Tsunami struck Velankanni coast in December 2004, received Rs. 2 lakh from the district administration sanctioned from the Chief Minister's Public Relief Fund, on Monday.
S. Rajammal, mother of Tamil Chelvi (28) and Lakshmi (32), recalled the moments of tragedy, while receiving the cheque from the Collector A. Suganthi. “My daughters went on a ‘padayatra' from Pudukottai to Velankanni to offer prayers at the shrine, and perished in the giant waves,” she narrated sobbing all the while.
After her search turned futile, Rajammal lodged a complaint with the Velankanni police during January 2005. Based on a certificate from the police that both the missing girls could not be traced, the district administration sent a proposal to the state government recommending relief of one lakh for each of the tsunami victim.
According to official sources, about 25 persons of Pudukottai district, who had been to Velankanni and other coastal parts of Nagapattinam district, were reported missing.
Explaining the procedures involved in obtaining the Chief Minister's Public Relief Fund for the Tsunami victims, especially those reported missing from other districts, sources said that the Nagapattinam district administration had, after due verification by the police department, issued notification in the district gazette.
The relief had been disbursed to all those reported missing in the wake of the Tsunami tragedy in the district.
Steps are being taken to rehabilitate the Tsunami-affected villagers in the coastal parts .
Houses were being constructed under the ‘Rajiv Gandhi Rehabilitation Programme' and also the ‘Emergency Tsunami Rehabilitation Package' schemes .
Apart from housing scheme, special funds had also been allotted for the provision of basic amenities such as roads, culverts and street lights and drainage facility in the coastal villages, sources added.
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