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<p>On Friday, the federal and state governments once again clashed over claims made by union finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman that Tamil Nadu had already received Rs 900 crore. State finance minister Thangam Thennarasu countered that the amount was only a small portion of the aid that had been requested in response to the recent floods in Chennai and south Tamil Nadu.</p>
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<p>Speaking to reporters in New Delhi, Sitharaman said that the State Disaster Relief Fund had received two payments of Rs 900 crore from the central government, the second of which arrived in TN on December 12—much ahead of the south TN rains.</p>
<p>The union minister then denied allegations that TN was not alerted to the approaching downpour by the Regional Meteorological Center and attacked Chief Minister M K Stalin for holding meetings with the INDIA bloc in Delhi at a time when floods were devastating south Tennessee. She criticized the authorities for not crediting bank accounts with relief funds, instead giving them out in cash.</p>
<p>In a statement, Thennarasu refuted her accusations, claiming that the state had requested Rs 21,692 crore, but the center had only provided Rs 450 crore. Since 2015, the center has only granted 4.61% of the total amount the state has requested for both temporary and permanent assistance. “It appears that the BJP will only provide funding in line with its share of the state’s votes.”</p>
<p>Regarding criticism of Stalin’s meeting with the Indian bloc, he said that the chief minister had the meeting with the prime minister in mind while arranging the trip.</p>
<p>According to Nirmala, around 42K people had been rescued in the southern Tennessee region.</p>
<p>Speaking in response to Stalin’s email to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in which he demanded Rs 2,000 crore in funding as well as the designation of the catastrophe as a national disaster, Sitharaman said that such a declaration is not permitted. “State governments can declare such incidents as calamities at the state level if required by appropriate guidelines,” the spokesperson said. She subsequently added in a tweet on X (previously Twitter) that not even the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami was labeled a national calamity.</p>
<p>In an account of the rescue operations in submerged areas of southern Tennessee, Sitharaman said that 42,290 individuals had been saved. In 87 missions, nine army helicopters rescued 5,049 people from areas devastated by flooding. According to official data as of Thursday, 31 individuals have perished in southern Tennessee due to rain-related occurrences, she added. TN Chief Secretary Shiv Das Meena later estimated the death toll as of Friday at 35.</p>
<p>“In the afternoon of December 18, I had a personal meeting with Home Minister Amit Shah and asked him for further help after the exceptional rainfall in the districts of Thoothukudi, Tirunelveli, Kanniyakumari, and Tenkasi. Helicopters were sent out for the rescue as soon as the home minister approved the request. According to Sitharaman, “The Union Home Ministry is continuously monitoring the flood situation and providing the necessary assistance.”</p>
<p>In response to accusations that TN is not receiving adequate disaster funding from the center, the union minister said that the monies for the SDRF are issued annually by the center, and the Rs 900 crore that was allotted for the current fiscal year has already been released. In response to CM Stalin’s charge that the RMC failed to issue a rain warning on time, she said that the RMC in Chennai is outfitted with cutting-edge equipment. The notice was sent out by the RMC on December 12th. Additionally, it sent out alerts via its Nowcast every three hours, the woman said.</p>
<p>Stalin was also criticized by Sitharaman for traveling to Delhi to attend an INDIA party conference rather than being present in the state’s flood-affected areas, pointing up that federal agencies had arrived in the southern regions ahead of the chief minister. She said, “PM Modi and Home Minister Shah are both working with the utmost concern for the interests of TNtn, and this will continue to be so,” reiterating the center’s resolve to provide TNTN with complete assistance.</p>
<p>In response to a question on insurance claims made by MSME units in Chennai’s Ambattur Industrial Estate that were impacted by flooding, the union minister said that insurance firms had been given instructions to pay out the appropriate compensation as soon as possible.</p>


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