GUWAHATI, July 25 - Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal today mooted the idea of construction of community buildings in the flood affected areas so that the affected people can take shelter in those during the recurring floods every year. He also asked the Deputy Commissioners to reach out to the flood affected people.
In view of the prevailing floods, which affected around 6.50 lakh people of the State, Sonowal held a video conference with the deputy commissioners (DCs) of 16 districts and took stock of the measures taken by them to deal with current wave of flood.
Attending the video conference in the conference room of his office in Assam Secretariat on Monday, Sonowal asked the deputy commissioners to take all measures to provide pure drinking water and essential medicines as these items are important to prevent outbreak of communicable diseases. Sonowal also asked DCs to maintain a constant touch with the MLAs of their respective districts and work in coordination with them to reach out to the affected people, rescue and help them with relief materials.
He also asked the DCs to press the doctors into service and take care of the health and hygiene of the camp inmates.
As the current wave of flood affected vast areas of crop land, Chief Minister Sonowal also asked the DCs to take necessary steps to provide rice seedlings to farmers. As the surging water level of Brahmaputra, Subansiri, Burhidehing, Sankosh, Beki, Pagladia, Jia Bharali, Dhansiri, Aie affected 15 districts including 42 revenue circles, the Chief Minister asked the DCs to work on a special devise to help the affected people with a humane touch.
The Chief Minister also asked the DCs to provide adequate fodder stock and take measures for the protection of animals including the wild animals in Kaziranga National Park and other wildlife sanctuaries. He also asked the appropriate authority to issue 'time card' to all vehicles passing through the Kaziranga National Park in a bid to save the stray animals from road accidents.
Water Resources Minister Keshab Mahanta, Minister of State, Labour and Employment Pallab Lochan Das, Chief Secretary VK Pipersenia, Additional Chief Secretary RT Jindal, Home Commissioner LS Changsan, Commissioner and Secretary to the Chief Minister Sanjay Lohia along with other senior officers were present at the meeting.