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Declare flood, erosion as natíl problem
Staff reporter
 GUWAHATI, July 18 Ė The State Assembly today unanimously passed an official resolution that called upon the Union Government to accord national problem status to Assamís problems of flood and erosion.

The resolution also called for an economic package for the development of education, health, agriculture, power, PWD sectors and also to solve the unemployment problem of the State.

The resolution moved by Minister Nilamoni Sen Deka on behalf of the Government, said that in the post-independence period flood and erosion have hindered progress of the State.

Every year, lakhs of hectares of farm land are affected and thousands of people have been rendered homeless by flood and erosion. This has fettered the rate of progress of the State despite it recording a speedy growth rate in the recent times.

Faced with this, the Assam Assembly adopted a resolution in 2002 urging upon the Union Government to declare flood as the national problem. The demand to attach the importance of a national problem to Assamís flood was also raised in the tripartite discussion held by the Union Government and the State Government with the All Assam Studentsí Union, in presence of the Prime Minister, on the issue of implementation of the Assam Accord.

But so far, flood and erosion of the State have not been able to get the recognition from the Union Government as the national problems of the country. The present State Government is for attaching the national problem tag to both flood and erosion problems of the State.

Therefore, the State Assembly today has to adopt the above resolution, the text of the resolution said.

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