Wednesday, 9 September 2015

Central ministers to visit Assam to assess flood loss

A central ministerial team will visit Assam soon to assess the flood situation that has affected 21 districts and several lakhs of people in the state, union minister Sarbananda Sonowal said on Monday.

Interacting with the media, Sonowal countered the Tarun Gogoi led Congress government's claim of lack of fund flow from the Centre to deal with the flood situation.

He said the BJP will publish a white paper at an appropriate time to show the actual flow of central funds to Assam.

"The Assam government has Rs.1,425.45 crore under the State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF), which is yet to be utilised. We feel this is not the time to indulge in politics and we urge the Assam chief minister to refrain from politicising the flood issue," Sonowal said.

Slamming Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, Sonowal said the state government has been shirking its responsibility by citing fund crunch.

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