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DMK member wants inquiry commission on tsunami relief

Written by: Staff

Chennai, Aug 8 (UNI) A ruling DMK member today demanded setting up of an inquiry commission to go into the alleged irregularities in tsunami relief distribution in the State during the previous AIADMK regime.

The issue generated heat when S K Vedarathinam (DMK), participating in the debate on the demand for grants for the Revenue Department, alleged that AIADMK partymen were the main beneficiaries and relief had not reached the tsunami victims.

He said the Nagapattinam District Collector himself admitted it.

Objecting, Deputy Leader of the Opposition O Panneerselvam (AIADMK) said the beneficiaries were identified by the local village Presidents and approved by the District Collector. 'It is wrong to say AIADMK members benefited', he said.

Intervening, Revenue Minister I Periasamy said the District Collector had admitted there were irregularities of Rs 48 lakh because of furnishing false information and an inquiry was on, on the basis of a court directive.

Agriculture Minister Veerapandi Arumugam said though the beneficiaries were identified by the local village presidents, the government should had verified it before distribution. To this, Mr Panneerselvam said it was the job of the District Collectors. 'How come the AIADMK can be involved in it?', he asked.

Mr Arumugam added that Mr Periasamy had only said AIADMK men had benefited from the relief.

Deputy Speaker V P Duraisamy sought to put an end to the exchanges by asking Mr Vedarathinam to switch to the next subject.


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