//Kerala to receive Rs 1,750 crore for tsunami relief

Kerala to receive Rs 1,750 crore for tsunami relief

22 May 2006 , PTI

Thrissur: Kerala Government would receive about Rs 1,750 crore towards tsunami relief operations, state Revenue Minister K P Rajendran said today.

While Rs 1,500 crore would be allocated by the Planning Commission, Rs 250 crore would come from the Asian Development Fund, he told a meet-the-press programme here.

The amount would be received shortly, he said.

A large portion of funds received from various agencies either lapsed, wasted or deviated during the previous UDF regime, he alleged.

The complete details about the tsunami relief funds received by the government, including the Rs 40 crore received during Oommen Chandy's tenure, would be published soon.

He said the LDF Government would strive to make the revenue department corruption-free at all levels. The government had decided to issue title deeds to adivasis and they would not be evicted from their lands.

A stable policy to check further reclamation of paddy fields and sand mining would be evolved soon considering the social and envioronmental aspects of the issues.