GUWAHATI, July 29 - The Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuva Chatra Parishad (AJYCP) today asked the Union Government to announce immediate measures to protect the river island Majuli from the brink of a disaster and declare Assam�s flood and erosion as a national calamity.
Alleging a lack of willingness on the part of the Centre to solve this problem permanently, the AJYCP president Biraj Talukdar said that a meagre sum in the name of special package given to the State is not enough to mitigate the misery of lakhs of the people, who lost their land, homes and properties in the floods and erosion.
�Over the years, we have noticed that the ruling clique in Delhi has been trying to pacify the people with only special packages and false promises to wash their hands off. Have we, the people of Assam, got anything without an agitation over the decades?� a statement from the student body said.
�Currently, 22 districts of the State are reeling under the devastating floods. Both floods and erosion are perennial problems that bring misery for lakhs of people. Apart from the damages recorded so far, more areas are likely to get affected in the near future. But the government is least bothered,� stated the youth body.
It further alleged that instead of permanently solving the problems being faced by the State, there has been stepped up initiatives by the Centre to take away the water resources by covering the Brahmaputra under the river linking network, and the State government is extending all possible help in this.