DOOMDOOMA, Dec 6 - The Dibrugarh and Tinsukia District Flood Erosion Resistance Struggle Forum has expressed strong resentment over the alleged negligence of the State Water Resources Department towards resolving the problem of flood and erosion in the State. In a press release, Binod Kedia and Prakash Rai, president and secretary respectively of the forum, said that the Investment Clearance Committee of the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation (Flood Management Wing), Government of India, in its sixth meeting held on May 5 this year, had approved of three schemes of flood and erosion control in Upper Assam. The first scheme was of Rs 78.48 crore for flood and erosion control of River Brahmaputra in the Rahmaria area of Dibrugarh district, the second scheme was of Rs 14.15 crore for the Dirak-Sumoni dam on Noa-Dihing river in Tinsukia district and the third scheme was of Rs 14.06 crore for erosion control of the Burhidihing in the Sasani-Tingkhang area of Dibrugarh district.
But officials of the Ministry of Water Resources, Government of India, informed Binod Kedia, president of the forum, that as these three schemes were included in the 2016-2017 financial year, they had some technical difficulties in releasing the funds. The officials added that if the State Water Resources Department includes these three schemes in the list for the 2017-2018 financial year and sends it to the Centre, the funds can be released.
The forum leaders have urged the State Water Resources Department on several occasions to take necessary action in this matter, but in vain. Due to some unknown reasons, the State Water Resources Department is not attending to the matter, the forum alleged.
It urged the Chief Minister and the Water Resources Minister of Assam to take urgent steps in this matter and start the flood control works immediately. Otherwise, the flood situation in those places will worsen in the coming monsoon next year, the forum warned.
Book released: Snehar Parash, a collection of short stories written in Assamese by Debajit Mitra and published by Prayash Publication, Phillobari, was released by writer Baidurjya Baruah at a function held at Doomdooma Press Club on Wednesday.
Besides Baruah, the inaugural programme was also addressed by writer Sarat Chandra Chiringphukan, retired headmistress of Doomdooma Girls’ High School Beenapani Gogoi, headmaster of Rupai High School Prakash Dutta, headmaster of Doomdooma Bangiya Vidyalaya Prabeen Mazumdar, journalist Arjun Baruah, writer Dipty Thakur Goswami and Deben Monu Deka.
At the beginning of the programme, Anamika Lahkar presented a song. The function was anchored by young writer Nabottam Sharma. Debajit Mitra, science teacher of Doomdooma Bangiya Vidyalaya, offered the vote of thanks.