GUWAHATI, July 31 - All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) has called upon the Centre to release a package of Rs 10,000 crore to the Assam Government for relief and rehabilitation of the flood-affected people and urged New Delhi to declare the State�s flood and erosion problem as a �national calamity�.
In a memorandum to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, AIUDF has also asked that people who have been displaced on account of loss of their houses and land in the flood and erosion should be declared as internally displaced person (IDP) and they should be rehabilitated by allotting land and houses.
�We demand release of Rs 10,000 crore as flood relief package to the State Government to meet its requirements...,� it said.
The party added, �... as you are aware of the fact that Assam has been witnessing severity and cruelty of nature in the form of flood and erosion since 1950, which have damaged properties worth crores of rupees every year, whereas a land mass covering an area of four lakh hectares has been eroded since 1950 by displacing about 25 lakh people of the State. Considering the magnitude of the calamity and extent of damage, it is not possible for any State Government to tackle the problem alone and hence we are again requesting you to declare the flood and erosion (problem) of Assam as a national calamity.�
The Badruddin Ajmal-led party also requested the Union Home Minister to initiate steps for adequate relief and rehabilitation measures, including provision of foodstuff, baby food, medicine, safe drinking water, fodder to the flood affected cattle and to ensure basic amenities like sanitation and drinking water in the relief camps.
It said that appropriate measures are needed to check epidemics after the flood water recedes.
The party demanded proper assessment of flood damages like loss of houses, livestock, crops, erosion of land, heavy siltation of cropland and for adequate compensation to all the affected people.
Further, the AIUDF called upon the Centre to provide Rs five lakh to the next of kin of those who have lost their lives in the flood.