GUWAHATI, July 22 � The Takam Mising Porin Kebang, the All Bodo Students Union, the All Rabha Students Union and the All Tiwa Students Union on Sunday demanded a permanent solution to the perennial flood and erosion problem in the State. The student bodies also warned the government not to seek political mileage out of the miseries of the flood-affected people.
Addressing mediapersons here, the functionaries of these student bodies alleged that not only the relief for the flood-affected was inadequate, the motive to seek political gain through distribution of relief was quite clear.
�The Congress government has taken an apathetic stand towards the indigenous communities affected by flood and erosion. Instead of rehabilitating the indigenous communities, the government has pushed them to a condition of starvation,� said Johan Doley, president of the Takam Mising Porin Kebang. Doley regretted that the Bangladeshis were in a better position than the indigenous communities.
�From our visit to the affected districts, we have concluded that the government should stop thinking and working in the line of temporary solution to the flood problem,� said Doley insisting that the government also make an assessment of loss of cattle. He announced that the Mising community has ostracized MLA Sumitra Doley Patir for being insensitive towards the sufferings of the people.
The four student bodies also slammed the government for making the floods a seasonal business for the contractors and the departments entrusted with management of dykes.