State BJP team visit relief camps in Kerala

State BJP team visit relief camps in Kerala
Patton with state BJP leaders in one of the relief camps
DIMAPUR, AUG 23 (NPN) | Publish Date: 8/23/2018 12:01:36 PM IST

Having handed over a cheque of Rs 1 core to Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan on behalf of the Nagaland government as a contribution towards Kerala Chief Minister’s Distress Relief Fund on Wednesday, deputy chief minister Y Patton visited several relief camps in the flood-ravage State and interacted with the displaced people on Thursday. Patton is being accompanied by minister Kashiho Sangtam and adviser Longrineken Ao. 

While interacting with the inmates of relief camps, Patton expressed sympathy and solidarity with them. Empathising with the pain and agony of the people, he had made a fervent appeal to one and all to come forward and help in the relief and rescue operation. 

Patton assured the affected people that he would personally take up the matter with the Centre for providing necessary assistance in rebuilding and restructuring the State. He extended financial aid for immediate relief to inmates of all the places he visited. 

Some of the camps visited by the team include Aranmula at Pathanamthitta, Kozhencheri Church, Thiruvalla Model Girls’ High School, Eramallikkara at Allapuzha, Seva Bharatiya at Chengannur, Lohia Memorial High School at Venmony and Mar Thoma High School at Venmony.

The delegation from Nagaland also had a meeting with representatives from Society for Naga Students Welfare, Kerala and enquired about the well being of Naga community in Kerala during the day. 

Patton encouraged the Naga community to proactively involve themselves in the relief and rescue operation and demonstrate the magnanimity by exhibiting the Good Samaritan spirit of the Nagas in times of need wherever they were in Kerala as ambassadors. There are over 400 Nagas presently in the southern State.

Later interacting with media persons at Press Club, Pathanamthitta, the deputy chief minister shared the sympathy and solidarity of the people of Nagaland with the people of Kerala, besides offering condolences to the families of those who lost their precious lives. He also praised the resilience shown by the Malayali people in braving one of the worst nature’s furies in recent memory. 

Expressing gratitude to the Central government for declaring Kerala floods as a “calamity of severe nature”, Patton appealed to New Delhi to extend all possible assistance to the State. 

He said the people of Nagaland stood with the people of Kerala during this trying time and assured to extend all possible cooperation to help them recover from their current pathetic situation.  

Meanwhile, while handing over the cheque to the Kerala chief minister on Wednesday, Patton expressed his deepest condolences to the families of those who had lost their precious lives on behalf of the Nagaland government. 

He also expressed his gratitude to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Central government for declaring Kerala floods as a “Calamity of sever nature”. 

Patton said Naga people could feel the pain and agony of every citizen of Kerala in this hour of grief and distress as Nagaland too had experiencing torrential rainfall this monsoon that triggered massive landslides, leading to extensive damage to roads, bridges and properties.

Stating that Nagaland and Kerala shared brotherly relation since time immemorial, Patton said the Nagas were indebted to their Malayali brothers and sisters for their immense contribution in the development of Nagaland, particularly in the field of human resources and education. Many of them were still in the government service, while many had retired, he added.

Patton remarked that, along with the entire nation, people of Nagaland too stood with Kerala in this darkest hour and assured all cooperation.

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