Material should be consigned to District Magistrate of flood-hit districts.
The Ministry of Railways has announced that it will transport flood relief materials booked by government and private organisations to Chennai free of cost.
The decision came on a day when the Customs Department informed that customs duty on foodstuff, medicines, clothing and blankets imported for free distribution to poor and needy will be exempt from customs duty.
In a circular to all General Managers, the Railway Board said that the decision to allow free transport of relief material to Chennai for distribution to flood-affected people of Tamil Nadu was taken based on a request made by the National Disaster Management Agency. The relief material should be consigned to the District Magistrate of the flood-hit districts. The consignments shall be booked solely at the owner’s risk and no claim for any loss or damage carried under this special arrangement entertained. The Ministry of Railways will reimburse the cost of the free transport from the Government of India, the circular said.