Puducherry : Chief Minister N Rangaswamy on Friday announced a compensation of Rs.20,000 per hectare for the paddy crop damaged in the recent rains in the Union Territory.
Talking to news persons here, the Chief Minister announced an assistance of Rs.5000 each to the registered construction workers and to the fishermen.
As many as 48,000 families of construction workers and 44,000 fishermen families will be benefited.
Mr Rangaswamy said Puducherry received more than 15 CMs rainfall since the last three days and most of the lakes in Puducherry and Karaikal were filled to the brim.
About 1,000 hectares of paddy crops were damaged and 25 houses damaged. An assistance of Rs.25,000 each would be provided to the damaged houses, he added.
The Chief Minister also said that a sum of Rs.10,000 will be provided if a cow perished and Rs.5000 for a goat.
The officials were advised to prepare a full report about the damages, he said, adding that after taking a total report in Puducherry and Karaikal regions, the Union government would be approached for relief.
Mr Rangaswamy said that steps would be taken to repair the Sellipet bed dam and added that check dam would be constructed across Sankarabharani river at a cost of Rs.16 crore.
The chief Minister said Rs.186 crore had been allocated to repair the damaged roads and the government would set up a desalination plant at a cost of Rs.484 crore here for which the Central Assistance will be sought.
He sought the support of the people to make Puducherry a 100 percent vaccinated state and urged them to take both the doses of vaccine and wear masks.
A time frame will be given to the state government employees to complete their vaccination process, he added.