PM Modi announces Rs 2350 crore package for flood-hit northeast


Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Assam on August 1 to review the flood situation in the state. Modi is scheduled to visit the State with a day long programme tomorrow to review the scene in the aftermath of floods and he will have a meeting with the Chief Minister and his cabinet colleagues and other senior officers to chalk out strategies for post flood fix and rehabilitation.

The Assam minister said that the state government has already announced a compensation of Rs 2 lakh each under the Prime Minister's National Relief Fund for the relatives of people killed and Rs 50,000 to those seriously injured during the floods in Assam.

Volunteers in flood-prone regions have also been enlisted and trained in basic "dos and don'ts" to advise communities at risk, he said, adding that it was important to use technology more in order adapt to the changing weather patterns. An ex Gracia of 2 lakh each to the families of the dead and 50000 to the severely injured people will be given from the Prime Ministers Relief Fund.

Regarding Assam, state Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma Sarma said the prime minister announced release of Rs 250 crore immediately to carry out relief and rehabilitation. "But where do we shift the sand?" asked Assam Agriculture Minister Atul Bora.

The Prime Minister will spend about three hours in discussing the perennial flood and erosion problem of the state in an effort to find a permanent solution to the problem. The Chief Ministers of the respective States, and senior officials were present at the meetings.

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Sarma, however, said the state government will submit a memorandum with some demands.

He is also scheduled to hold talks with Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal where PM Modi will take up matters related to flood management and protection along with damage control.

An aerial view of flood hit Banaskantha district of Gujarat on July 25, 2017.

"We still have Rs 324 crore of unspent money. This is a good sign", Zeliang said. Both these states have also witnessed devastation of flood and landslides this year. But this time, all such reports were also sent to the Prime Ministers Office daily to that the Prime Minister can monitor the scene regularly.