Friday, 28 August 2015

Chief Minister Gogoi meets Home Minister Rajnath Singh, seeks Rs. 500 crore from Centre as interim flood relief

Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi today met Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh in New Delhi and sought an interim relief of Rs. 500 crore for relief, rehabilitation and repair works in flood-affected areas across the state.

"We need Rs. 500 crore as an interim relief from the Centre," Gogoi said.

Gogoi lamented the Centre has not released the amount that the state government sought after floods last year.

The Centre has released Rs 207 crore for conducting relief and rehabilitation of people affected in the current floods in Assam, Jitendra Singh, union minister for development of Northeastern Region (DoNER) said on Tuesday.

Singh said this sum was otherwise due for release in December, but the Centre had released it four months in advance in view of the devastation caused by the current waves of floods in the state.

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