Shivraj Patil to conduct aerial survey of flood-affected areas in Assam

September 14th, 2008 - 11:29 am ICT by ANI  

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Guwahati, Sept 14 (ANI): Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil will make an aerial survey of the flood-affected areas of Assam today.
During his visit, Patil will meet state officials at a high-level meeting and will take stock of the flood situation. The government of Assam will also make a detailed presentation on the latest flood damages to the Home Minister.
On Saturday, state Chief Minister Tarun Gagoi presented a detailed picture after damages caused by floods to Dr. Singh, UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Shivraj Patil in New Delhi.
Earlier, Gogoi had requested the Speaker of the Assembly, Tanka Bahadur Rai, to constitute the delegation with immediate effect. He asked State Assembly members to contribute a month’’s salary to the Chief Minister’’s Fund for helping the flood-affected people.
Gogoi also requested MPs to contribute ten lakh rupees each from their Local Area Development Fund to repair the damages caused by the floods.
Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, who is also a Rajya Sabha Member from the State, has already assured the Chief Minister to release 70 lakh rupees from his Member of Parliament Local Area Development (MPLAD) Fund.
Dr. Singh assured that the Centre would provide all required for the rehabilitation of flood victims in Assam.
The Centre has sanctioned the first installment of grant-in-aid to the tune of 7,898 crore rupees to the State Government towards Calamity Relief Fund (CRF) in the current year itself, official sources said.
The flood situation in the State is improving slowly. Relief, restoration and rehabilitation works are going on in full swing in the flood-affected areas. (ANI)

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