TN CM Panneerselvam to meet PM Modi on Monday

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O Panneerselvam will meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi to urge the centre to grant the cyclone-hit State a fund of Rs. 1000 Cr for relief operations.

By Author   |   Published: 18th Dec 2016   4:09 pm
File Photo: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O Panneerselvam.

Chennai: Days after he urged the Centre to grant Rs 1000 Crore for cyclone relief operations in the State, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O Panneerselvam will call on Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday to press the demand.

He will also urge the Centre to posthumously confer “Bharat Ratna” on former Chief Minister Jayalalithaa and also put up her life size bronze statue in Parliament complex, an official release said here on Sunday.

The first Cabinet meeting chaired by Panneerselvam on December 10 had adopted a resolution in which the twin matters of the highest civilian award and a statue for Jayalalithaa figured.

On December 13, a day after the cyclone wrecked havoc in the State, Panneerselvam had urged Modi in a letter to sanction Rs 1,000 crore from the National Disaster Response Fund to the state for relief, rehabilitation and reconstruction.

Panneerselvam will also give a memorandum on several other demands of Tamil Nadu to the Prime Minister, the release said adding he will return to Chennai the same day.

After he took over as Chief Minister on December 6, it will be the first visit of Panneerselvam to the PM in Delhi and he is expected to follow up on the previous memorandums submitted to Modi by his predecessor Jayalalithaa.