APCC refutes TDP's charges on help to flood-hit people

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Hyderabad, Sep 21 (UNI) The Andhra Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) today refuted Telugu Desam Party (TDP) President N Chandrababu Naidu's allegations that the State Government was not responding to the woes of the flood-affected people of the State.

Addressing a press conference at the APCC headquarters Gandhi Bhavan here, party spokesperson N Tulasi Reddy said the Government had opened 31 relief camps and provided shelter to 25,000 people affected by the recent rains.

He said the Government had already supplied 56,000 food packets and 58,000 water packets and distributed 25 kg rice and five litres of kerosene to each of the affected families. The State Government was extending financial assistance of Rs 1,000 for utensils as against Rs 375 provided by the previous TDP Government.

Mr Reddy said the Government was providing Rs 4,000 as compensation for totally damaged houses and Rs 3,000 for partially-damaged houses as against Rs 1,500 and Rs 750 respectively given by the erstwhile TDP Government.

The Congress leader said the State Government had been spending Rs 336 crore on an average per year for natural calamities as against Rs 167.50 crore spent by the previous TDP Government. The Government had earmarked Rs 379.35 crore for the purpose in the current financial year.

He alleged that instead of extending a helping hand and providing constructive support to the Government in its efforts to provide relief to the affected people, the TDP leaders were making allegations against the Government only to gain political mileage.

UNI

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