Assam CM Gogoi thanks PM for central package to tackle floods

Last Updated: Tue, Jul 03, 2012 11:27 hrs

Guwahati: Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on Tuesday thanked Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh for providing a package of Rs. 500 crore package to tackle the flood situation in the state, which continues to be grim.

"Centre is very sympathetic. I have no doubts about it. And definitely Centre will come in a big way. I can prove I have got a full document when the NDA was in power, AGP (Asom Gana Parishad) was in power, nobody bothered about it. How much money did they provide and how much my Prime Minister has provided?" Gogoi told the media here.

"People are criticizing, but they have forgotten what they did when they were in power," he added.

The Prime Minister had earlier on Monday announced a Rs 500 crore package for flood-hit Assam, and said the Centre will take measures to rebuild damaged infrastructure and wipe away the misery of the people.

"I am making a commitment to provide a central ad hoc support of Rs 500 crore to the state government. People are facing considerable damage during these worst times and the Centre will do everything possible to wipe away their misery," said Dr. Singh after undertaking an aerial survey of the flood-affected areas in Assam along with National Advisory Council (NAC) chairperson Sonia Gandhi.

Dr. Singh, who represents Assam in the Rajya Sabha, further said the government will announce more financial support after the central team files its report after assessing the exact nature of damage.

"A central team has arrived today in the state to assess the exact nature of damage and immediately after they file their report more financial support will be announced," said Dr. Singh.

"The central team will make a detailed assessment of damage to crops, infrastructure and national highways and also for restoration of public buildings like schools, water supply systems and hospitals," he added.

Gogoi further said the flood situation has no doubt improved, but emphasized that the biggest challenge that lies before his government is that of rehabilitation.

"Water is receding now, the situation has improved no doubt. But we have to be now more careful about further rehabilitations, further epidemics might also take place. We have to see that people go back to their respective places, provide shelter also. So, problems are there," said Gogoi.

"This is not the end of the flood. Flood might come again also," he added.

Meanwhile, relief and rescue operations are on in the flood-affected areas in Assam. he National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) and the Army has been carrying out rescue and relief works in nine districts of the state.

The death toll in flood and landslides has mounted to 95. (ANI)

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