GUWAHATI, July 2 – The Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) today submitted a memorandum to Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh, urging him to provide a suitable compensation package for the State in view of the unprecedented devastations caused by one of the worst floods experienced by the State.
The APCC also called for taking up the perennial problem of floods at the national level for its effective redressal.
Drawing the Prime Minister’s attention to the widespread damages caused to agricultural fields and flora and fauna, the memorandum said that while the State Government was trying its best to cope with the situation by deploying necessary staff for rescuing the thousands of marooned people and facilitating relief measures, the magnitude of the problem was too big to be tackled by the State Government alone.
“The current wave of floods in Assam, in our opinion, should be considered as a national calamity, as in the case of Bihar and Sikkim in the past…the damages caused to the life, property and infrastructure is immeasurable… the dimension of the damage is so stupendous that the situation may be mitigated to some extent only if the problem is taken up at the national level,” it said.
The APCC said that treating the ongoing floods as a national calamity would also facilitate inflow of assistance from other States, besides those from the Central Government, to Assam. “Moreover, the Members of Parliament belonging to other States who have expressed their desire to offer help from MPLAD Fund, will be in a position to do so,” it added.
The APCC said that it had alerted all the district Congress committees and instructed them to form flood relief and coordination committees and control rooms to monitor the flood situation in the district and to contact the block and mandal Congress committees.
“The party workers have been working around the clock to extend help to the flood-affected people as best as possible. The Congress workers have taken part in the rescue operations and have been coordinating with the administration in distributing relief materials to the affected people,” it added.