BARPETA, Sept 5 - An inter-ministerial team of the Central government visited Barpeta district to assess the damage caused by the floods.
The team comprised Ajay Gangwar, advisor (Operations) NDMA, Delhi; SB Tewary, Under Secretary in the Ministry of Rural Development; and Jintu Das, Joint Director in the Department of Agriculture Cooperation and Farmers� Welfare, Kolkata. ASDMA project manager Mirza Md Irshad accompanied the central team as the protocol officer.
After arriving here on Wednesday evening, the team had a discussion with officials of the district administration and other line departments on Thursday morning.
The officials presented before them a report on the damage caused by the devastating floods this year. The total damage caused by floods in Barpeta district has been estimated at Rs 343.05 crore.
It was reported to the visiting team that infrastructure, agriculture and the service sector suffered major setbacks due to the flood and urgent assistance from the Central government was very much necessary to restore these sectors.
The team later visited several flood-affected areas of the district like Gahinpara, Medhikuchi, Kalatali, Bandali, Bhatkuchi and Satra Kanara, and interacted with the local people and officials at the sites of damage.
Talking to media persons at Kalatali, Ajay Gangwar said they tried to assess the loss suffered by the people, and this will be reflected in their report. Asked about his comment on the demand of the people to declare the floods of Assam as a national calamity, Gangwar evaded a direct answer, and only said that flood was not confined to Assam only, but other parts of the country were also suffering from similar disasters.
Barpeta Deputy Commissioner Munindra Sarma and officials of Water Resource, PWD, Agriculture, Rural Development, etc., also accompanied the team.