Describing the recent rains that lashed Chennai and other parts of Tamil Nadu as “unprecedented”, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today said the immediate challenge is to provide assistance to the affected and asked banks to ensure that tear is wiped off from every eye.
Distributing loans and financial assistance to the affected here, Jaitley said his visit has come to the city when it was facing “challenging times.”
“The city and districts have faced greatest challenges of nature. The fury of nature we have seen in the last few weeks is almost unprecedented.
“The immense amount of damage done by this fury also is beyond human capacity to defy them (challenges),” he said, adding, “the immediate challenge is to provide relief, saving human lives and to provide basics for livelihood.”