Assam Govt announces 100 crore flood-relief a day after AASU complained

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By- Correspondent | Date- August 24, 2011

Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi has announced a flood relief package of 100 crore for the victims of flood hit Dhemaji district. The announcement was made by the Chief Minister to the flood victims taking refuge at a relief camp during his visit to take stock of the flood situation in the area.

The announcement has come immediately a day after the All Assam Students Union (AASU) lashed at Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and the Congress Government at the Centre for not keeping its promise of treating Assam’s flood and erosion as a national problem. The AASU had also criticized the state government for failing to address the needs of flood-hit people of the state.

The Chief Minister also declared an ex-gratia assistance of 1 lakh to the next of kin of those killed in the floods and declared to provide assistance of Rs 25,000 to those who have lost their permanent residential structures.  In addition, Tarun Gogoi was known to have directed the district administration to continue supply of food, medicine, drinking water, etc to the flood-hit people. He also directed the Deputy Commissioner of the district to prepare a comprehensive infrastructure plan for the district. State revenue Minister Prithibi Majhi and Water Resources Minister Rajiv Lochan Pegu also accompanied the Chief Minister in his Dhemaji visit.

Continuous rainfall during the last few weeks in Assam has led to a serious threat with floods. Villages in six districts have been hit and North Lakhimpur and Dhemaji have been worst affected with all rivers flowing much above danger levels.

It must be mentioned that as many as 293 out of 423 embankments on Assam Rivers to prevent floods have been reported to have crossed their expiry period. This means that these banks can break down anytime under pressure of the water currents, bringing a threat to millions of people living in the state.

The flood season in Assam, often referred to as annual tears of the state, is on its peak and over three and half lakhs people are claimed to be affected.

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