Rebuilding Kerala: Opposition walks out, alleges all-round failure

Rebuilding Kerala: Opposition walks out, alleges all-round failure


The discussion initiated by Opposition parties on post-flood rehabilitation and rebuilding of Kerala in the Assembly saw them walk out towards the end alleging that little had been done even three months after the flood.

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan welcomed the suggestion of the Opposition for an all-party delegation to take up the negligence of the Centre.

The adjournment motion, moved by VD Sateeshan of Congress criticised the Government for total failure in rebuilding Kerala, more than three months after the devastating floods.

“Even after 100 days, the victims have not received the promised financial support,” he said, adding that a mere 20 per cent of the affected people got the promised Rs 10,000. Traders and fishermen were not given any relief. Nothing concrete was made beyond announcements by ministers.

On rebuilding houses, the issue was caught in the red tapism even after an NGO offered Rs 20 crore for this.

Loans promised by banks and Kudumbasree had not been given, he added. Little had been done to help farmers in Kuttanad, the rice bowl of Kerala.

Opposition Leader Ramesh Chennithala said there was lack of planning and no concrete plan to rebuild Kerala.

He demanded publication of the UN report on Kerala's flood and raised the issue of salary challenge crowdfunding which had proved a disaster. On the issue of support for livestock lost, the Government had done little, he said.

Chennithala said the government failed to give replies to issues raised and did not take concrete steps for rebuilding Kerala and led the walkout.

Earlier, Chengannur MLA Saji Cherian, who was denied to take part in discussions last time was all praise for the Government's efforts. Another LDF legislator U Prathibha said the CPM had donated Rs 30 crore towards relief when Congress had done nothing.