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Centre will reconstruct A&N., assures PM

Prime Mininster Manmohan Singh has reached Port Blair to take stock of the relief work.
PTI | By Press Trust of India, Port Blair
PUBLISHED ON JAN 08, 2005 01:08 PM IST

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Saturday reassured the people of the tsunami-hit Andaman and Nicobar Islands that the Centre would do everything possible to deal with the tragedy and reconstruct the Island.

"The people here have suffered unprecedented devastation and I have come here to reassure them that the government of India will do everything within its power to deal with the massive tragedy," Singh told newsmen after his arrival from Chennai at the INS Utkrosh airport in Port Blair.

He said the relief and rescue operation in the island were being carried out with commendable efficiency. "Now is the time to think about rehabilitation. We will put all our resources in the task of rehabilitation and reconstruction of this beautiful island."

The Prime Minister, who arrived here by a special IAF aircraft at around 9.10 am, immediately left for Car Nicobar and Campbell Bay, the worst hit islands.

Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission Montek Singh Ahluwalia was also with the Prime Minister, who was received at the airport by Lt Governor Ram Kapse, Commandar-in-Chief in Andaman and Nicobar Lt Gen BS Thakur and other senior civil and military officers.

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