DIBRUGARH, July 16 - The Union Minister for Jal Shakti, Gajendra Singh Shekhawat today landed at Dibrugarh Airport in Mohanbari here and took a helicopter for an aerial survey of floods in Upper Assam. The Union Minister was accompanied by State’s Minister for Water Resources, Science and Technology & IT Keshab Mahanta, Minister of Irrigation, Revenue and Disaster Management Bhabesh Kalita, chairman of Brahmaputra Board Rajiv Yadav, MLAs and other officials.
Earlier, after landing at Mohanbari, the Union Minister took stock of the flood situation of each district of Upper Assam. Officials from the upper Assam districts briefed the minister on the current flood situation. Local MLAs of the Dibrugarh district were seen interacting with the minister and offering him gamosas and flowers.
Shekhawat visited Majuli river island, where he visited a flood relief camp at Auniati High School. Speaking to the inmates of the camp, the minister said Central aid will be provided as per rules and demands.
Our Jorhat Staff Correspondent adds: The Union Minister for Jal Shakti Gajendra Singh Shekhawat today made an aerial survey of Majuli to assess the flood havoc in the Brahmaputra island district.
Sekhawat, along with the State Ministers, reviewed the flood situation, which has slightly improved today with the number of villages submerged remaining 91 since Monday.
A Majuli district administration said that the Majuli Deputy Commissioner Debaprasad Misra, along with district administration officials attended the review meeting and briefed the Union Minister about the rescue and relief operations undertaken by the administration.
The official stated that the Union Minister assured to extend full support by the Centre to the State Government towards measures initiated to help flood-hit people and tackle floods.
Sekhawat, Mahanta, Kalita and Phukon also visited a relief camp at the Auniati High School and interacted with inmates about the relief measures provided by the administration, the official informed.
On Monday evening, State Minister for Handloom and Textiles Ranjit Dutta arrived in Majuli and reviewed the flood scene with district administration officials led by the Majuli DC, the official said.