Actor politician and Jana Sena Party chief Pawan Kalyan on Tuesday met with Telangana and Andhra Pradesh Governor ESL Narasimhan and submitted a report on the extent of damage in Srikakulam District by Cyclone Titli, which struck the state earlier this month.
Pawan Kalyan met Narasimhan at his official residence, the Raj Bhavan in Hyderabad, along with party leaders Madasu Gangadharam, Nadendla Manohar and Tota Chandrashekar and said that the cyclone had destroyed the natural beauty of the Uddanam region.
“He demanded for emergency aid to Srikakulam district and also demanded for an immediate inspection by a central government team,” the JSP said in a press release.
After the meeting, Pawan spoke to reporters, where he demanded a complete loan waiver for all farmers in the cyclone hit areas. He also said that many of them were yet to get electricity, even ten days after the cyclone.
Speaking to reporters, Nadendla Manohar said, “Our main demand is to provide 100% loan waiver for farmers in the region. The compensation from the state government is not sufficient. Fishermen have also lost their livelihood. The central government should immediately send teams to these areas, to assess the damage.”
Earlier this week, following his six-day long ground visit to the affected areas, Pawan Kalyan lashed out at the state government regarding the ‘meagre and inadequate’ relief measures taken in Srikakulam district.
The JSP chief said that he and his party restrained himself from going to the cyclone hit area as it would cause disturbance to the relief operations. He further added that they had visited 48 villages to understand the extent of the devastation in the area.
Pawan alleged that the government-run cyclone shelters were not ready, adding that if the government was prepared enough the losses incurred would have been reduced greatly.
The JSP leader further alleged that the state government has yet to recognise the full extent of the losses incurred and that no financial assistance has been provided to those affected yet.