Prime Minister reviews rescue and relief operations in areas affected by Cyclone Ockhi
PM announces package of relief measures for cyclone affected States
#CycloneOckhi: PM Modi assures Centre's help, says Union Government stands shoulder to shoulder with them in this hour of crisis
#CycloneOckhi: Centre to dispatch immediate financial assistance worth Rs. 325 crore to cater to the requirements of Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Lakshadweep

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today met and interacted with people, including fishermen and farmers, affected by Cyclone Ockhi, during a visit to the cyclone affected areas of Lakshadweep, Tamil Nadu and Kerala. In the course of the day, the Prime Minister interacted with people in Kavaratti, and Kanyakumari. He also visited Punthura village near Thiruvananthapuram, which is one of the villages that faced the impact of the cyclone. People explained to him, the hardships faced by them on account of the cyclone. The Prime Minister assured the people that all help will be provided  to them and that the Union Government stands shoulder to shoulder with them in this hour of crisis.

The Prime Minister held separate detailed review meetings on the current situation and relief measures, at Kavaratti, Kanyakumari and Thiruvananthapuram. The Governors, Chief Ministers of Kerala and Tamil Nadu, Deputy Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, Deputy Speaker of Lok Sabha, and Administrator of Lakshadweep along with senior officials were present at the respective meetings.

 

The Prime Minister said that the Union Government will support the cyclone-affected States through a package of relief measures.

  • The Centre will dispatch immediate financial assistance worth Rs. 325 crore to cater to the requirements of Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Lakshadweep.
  • The financial assistance announced by the Prime Minister today, is over and above the assistance of Rs. 280 crore to Tamil Nadu, and Rs. 76 crore to Kerala, disbursed earlier this month, after Cyclone Ockhi hit the two States/UTs.
  • The Government of India will support the reconstruction of approximately 1400 houses fully damaged due to Cyclone Ockhi, on priority, under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY). Under this programme, each beneficiary will get upto Rs. 1.5 lakh as support for building a new house.
  • Insurance companies have also been advised to pay the insurance claims of people affected by Ockhi cyclone expeditiously.
  • An ex-gratia assistance of Rs. 2 lakh to the next of kin of the deceased, and Rs. 50,000/- to each of those seriously injured due to the cyclone have been sanctioned under the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund (PMNRF).

 

Earlier, during the review meetings, the Prime Minister was briefed on the impact of Cyclone Ockhi, the third major cyclone of this kind, to hit this area in the last 125 years. The cyclone hit on November 30, 2017, and  the search and rescue operations, began the same day. So far, a total of 197 ship days involving 20 surface platforms and about 186 flying hours have been utilised by the Indian Coast Guard for search and rescue operations. In addition, a total of 156 ship days and 399 flying hours, involving 10 ships and 7 types of aircraft have been utilised by the Indian Navy. A total of 183 fishermen and civil administration personnel were carried on board these ships to aid in the rescue operations. A total of 845 fishermen have been rescued or assisted till date.

The Prime Minister was informed that the surveillance was carried out even beyond 700 nautical miles from the shore.  

 

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed a public meeting in Mysuru, Karnataka, seeking blessings from Tai Chamundeshwari. Expressing reverence, he bowed to the feet of Tai Chamundeshwari, Tai Bhuvaneshwari, and Tai Kaveri, symbolizing the essence of power inherent in the land of Mysuru and Karnataka. Acknowledging the significant presence of the people, especially the mothers and sisters of Karnataka, PM Modi emphasized the state's resounding call for the return of the Modi government.

"Today marks a pivotal moment for the Lok Sabha election and the next five years," stated PM Modi, referencing the release of BJP's manifesto. He highlighted the manifesto as a guarantee of promises, affirming the commitment to construct three crore new homes for the impoverished, ensure continued free rations for the needy, offer free medical treatment under the Ayushman scheme for senior citizens above seventy, and empower three crore women to become 'Lakhpatis'. These assurances, he asserted, would significantly enhance the quality of life for every individual in Karnataka.

Reflecting on the transformative journey of Digital India over the past decade, PM Modi underscored BJP's vision for the future, promising monumental changes. He envisioned a future India marked by world-class infrastructure, innovation hubs, and advancements in technology.

“The BJP's manifesto is now a picture of the future and bigger changes. This is the new picture of India. Earlier, India was known for dilapidated roads. Now, expressways are the identity of India. In the coming times, India will amaze the world with its world-class network of expressways, waterways, and airways,” the Prime Minister said.

PM Modi reaffirmed BJP's commitment to promoting local languages and preserving heritage sites like Mysuru, Hampi, and Badami, thereby fostering tourism and generating employment opportunities in Karnataka. He said, “Now, India will emerge as the world's biggest Innovation Hub. That means we will create cheap medicines, cheap technology, and cheap vehicles for the entire world. India will become the world's research and development hub. And a fund of one lakh crore rupees will also play a major role in scientific research. Karnataka is the IT and technology hub of the country. The youth here will benefit greatly from it.”

"For the realization of these goals, BJP and the NDA are indispensable," declared PM Modi, emphasizing the party's track record of delivering on promises. He cited landmark achievements such as the abrogation of Article 370, legislation against triple talaq, reservation for women, and the construction of the Ram Temple as evidence of BJP's unwavering resolve.

PM Modi acknowledged the invaluable guidance of senior leaders like Shri HD Deve Gowda and the dedication of experienced leaders like Shri BS Yediyurappa, highlighting their pivotal roles in Karnataka's development.

The Prime Minister invoked Karnataka's rich heritage and tradition of sacrifice for the nation's unity and integrity, contrasting it with the divisive agenda of the Congress party. PM Modi said, “Karnataka is the carrier of that great tradition, which teaches to sacrifice everything for the unity and integrity of the country. Here, there is the tradition of Saints of Sutturu Math, the voice of unity of the national poet Kuvempu, the pride of Field Marshal Cariappa, and the development work done by the king Krishnaraja Wodeyar of Mysuru is still an inspiration for the country. This is the land where the mothers of Kodagu dream of sending their children to the army for national service.”

"The Congress party is playing with fire for power," warned PM Modi, condemning its divisive tactics and anti-national rhetoric. He criticized Congress for its attempts to hinder the country's progress and its open appeasement policies, urging voters to reject the politics of opportunism and deception. “The Congress party today is roaming around like the ‘Sultan’ of a ‘Tukde-Tukde’ gang. The dangerous intentions of dividing, breaking, and weakening the country are still the same in the Congress party today,” said PM Modi.

“While India's stature and respect are increasing globally, Congress leaders go abroad to denigrate the country. When the country gives a fitting reply to its enemies, Congress demands proof of surgical strikes from the army. When an organization involved in terrorist activities is banned, Congress works with its political wing,” the Prime Minister added.

Highlighting the achievements that Karnataka attained in the last ten years, PM Modi said, “The network of national highways has been greatly expanded here. The expressway between Mysuru and Bengaluru has given this region new momentum. Today, along with the country, the Vande Bharat trains are also running in Karnataka. Under the Jal Jeevan Mission, people in more than eight thousand villages are starting to get water from taps. These results show that if the intention is right, then the results are right too.”

“Modi gives an account of his ten years. Have you ever seen Congress being held accountable for its sixty years? No, right? Because Congress only knows how to create problems, and how to deceive. The people of Karnataka are trapped in this agony. The Karnataka Congress Party has become an ATM state of looting. Due to open looting, the government treasury has been emptied. Development and welfare schemes are being discontinued,” he added.

While concluding his address, PM Modi urged the people of Karnataka to vote for BJP candidates, emphasizing their role in strengthening his leadership and shaping India's future. Underscoring the importance of their participation in the democratic process, PM Modi said, ‘Every vote you cast for them on April twenty-sixth will strengthen Modi and determine the future of the country.”