Long term plan also being worked out for prevention of similar flood havocs in future: DoNER
 Source : News Bharati English  Date : 19-Jul-2017

New Delhi, July 19: As North-East has been still reeling under the adverse impacts of heavy rainfall and aftermaths of massive floods, Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking help to bring relief for Assam.   

CM Sonowal held to meet with Union Minister for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) Dr.Jitendra Singh where Sonowal briefed about the current situation in Assam. CM Sonowal also urged PM Modi to launch the ‘Prime Minister’s Special Programme for Flood and Erosion Control’ to develop road-cum-embankments stretching across 5,000 km in the state. 

Sonowal submitted a memorandum to PM Modi requesting him to direct the Ministry of Water Resources for early release of funds amounting to Rs 1,138 Crore for completion of schemes undertaken under the Flood Management Programme (FMP) during the 11th and 12th Five Year Plans, the statement said. 

Dr Jitendra Singh reiterated to Sarbananda Sonowal the high priority that Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi accords to the development of Northeast. He also disclosed that soon after Assam and other States were hit with floods, the Prime Minister lost no time in promptly responding and personally intervened to ensure all possible assistance for rescue and relief operations. Under the instructions of Prime Minister, he said, two Central Teams were immediately deputed to the flood-hit areas. 

In the meeting held on 13th July, Dr Jitendra Singh informed, it was also decided to seek the services of the Department of Space and ISRO, and at the same time, take immediate preemptive health measures to prevent the outbreak of epidemics in the aftermath of floods. 

With regard to various ongoing development projects, Dr Jitendra Singh said, in spite of the heavy rainfall and floods, every effort has been made to ensure that the construction and other development works undertaken under the aegis of Ministry of DoNER are not hampered or affected. 

CM Sonowal expressed his satisfaction and appreciation in the manner in which the Central Government came forward wholeheartedly to assist the State Government in the worst flood situation faced this year.