TN CM to decide on compensation to farmers: Minister

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Ramanathapuram, Mar 25 (UNI) Tamil Nadu Local Administration Minister M K Stalin today said State Chief Minister M Karunanidhi would decide on increasing compensation to the affected farmers of rain-ravaged Southern districts.

Talking to newspersons at Sayalkudi village here, after inspecting the rain-hit areas of Ramanathapuram, one of the worst affected districts in the rain havoc, this afternoon, Mr Stalin said the State Government was aware of the farmers' plight and Chief Minister would decide about the compensation.

The minister said he had visited the flood-hit areas of Virudhunagar, Tirunelveli, Tuticorin and Ramanathapuram districts for the past two days. Stating that these four districts were worst affected in the heavy rains, he said, about 31 villages were marooned by rain waters in Ramanathapuram district.

Over 131 villages in Ramanathapuram district were also severely affected. Seventeen temporary shelters were set up and about 5,000 people were accommodated in it.

Earlier, Mr Stalin accompanied by Minister for Backward Classes K K S S R Ramachandran, State Highways Minister Vellakovil Saminathan, Minister for Slum Clearance Suba Thangavelan and District Collector R Kirlosh Kumar visited the flood-hit villages in the district and made an on the spot study.

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