Cabinet nod for cyclone relief package

Pinarayi said already Rs 20 lakh had been announced for the kin of those who died in the cyclone.

Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala government has given the nod for a cyclone relief package on Wednesday. Chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan said the conditions for availing relief packages would be relaxed. Addressing the mediapersons after a Cabinet meeting, he said rehabilitation and education of the children of Cyclone Ockhi victims would also be included in the package.

A committee, headed by the chief secretary, will be formed to ensure that all affected by the cyclone get the benefits of the package.

Pinarayi said already Rs 20 lakh had been announced for the kin of those who died in the cyclone. Those who have been permanently disabled will get Rs 5 lakh each.

In the next one week, all the adults engaged in fishing will get Rs 60 per day, while their children will be paid Rs 45 a day as allowance.

The meeting also decided that from now on all those who go for fishing will have to register with the fisheries department every day.

"All the boats that go out into the sea should be fitted with GPS facility where two-way communication regarding the weather will be available.

"Two hundred people will be recruited to the coastal police and preference will be given to the children of fishermen, who were killed or are missing," said Pinarayi.

Three different committees will be formed to look into the various issues being faced by the fishing community while the Disaster Management Authority will be reconstituted.

Pinarayi thanks Center

"We wish to thank the Center and all those who helped us when the worst disaster struck. By and large the media did a good job but some sections of the media have to seriously introspect if they did the right job," Pinarayi added.

He said a request will be made to the Center to declare this as a national disaster. A special package to mitigate the loss and destruction that took place will be submitted to the Center.

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