Cyclone Gaja should be declared a national disaster as it had caused huge devastation in Cauvery delta districts, said individuals for Humanitarian Rights (PFHR), a civil society organization.
The team visited concerning 50 villages within the affected districts in four days and interviewed several people.
Noting that many villages were however to receive relief help, S. Thenpandian, PFHR founder, said many marginal farmers in Thanjavur district had been severely affected and electricity provide was however to be fixed up in several villages.
The state government should hold talks with representatives of farmers’ association to fix compensation for crops destroyed during the cyclone. it had been necessary to make disaster management centers at village level as colleges were currently being employed as relief centers. “Fishermen in Nagapattinam told us that a minimum of ₹1 lakh is required to repair boats. But, the govt is giving only ₹35,000 as compensation,” he said.
The team additionally found that the common service centers inbuilt 12,525 panchayats were waiting to be inaugurated.
Some of the recommendations of the team embrace the strengthening of local governance through local body elections and filling up vacancies for village administrative officers who act as a bridge between rural individuals and also the government.
The organization has submitted the report back to the state government and political parties and insisted that the Centre provide funds to restore the bread and butter of people in delta district.