NEW DELHI, Aug 2 - The Congress on Tuesday slammed Sarbananda Sonowal Government for its handling of the flood situation in Assam demanding that the Government should take immediate steps for relief and rescue operation and repair the damages caused by flood.
The issue of Assam floods was raised in both the Houses of Parliament today by Gaurav Gogoi in Lok Sabha and Ripun Bora in Rajya Sabha.
Bora said that Assam has been under serious flood for the last 20 days and out of 32 districts of Assam, 28 districts have been badly affected; more than 26 lakh people have been hit. Around 26 persons have died so far and thousands of animals, including the world famous one-horned rhinos of Kaziranga, have also been washed away by this flood.
The BJP-led State Government as well as the NDA Government has not given any adequate relief to the flood victims.
The day before yesterday, Union Home Minister, Rajnath Singh visited Assam, but, it is very surprising that he was there only for two hours. He made an aerial survey only for two hours. This is the seriousness of the Centre towards the flood affected people of Assam. In two hours, he can see nothing.
What is surprising is the casual attitude of Assam Government as they have given two years old photograph and that too of Bangladesh. The Government later apologised and withdrew it.
Making a Zero Hour mention in the Lok Sabha, Gaurav Gogoi said that Assam floods and erosion have increased in intensity due to delay in implementation of flood management projects which are currently with the Central Water Commission.
The Assam Government has given four such projects to the Central Water Commission and has answered all the queries and yet these erosion projects have not seen the light of the day. These projects envisaged to protect the people of Dergaon and Jorhat, ADB supported Assam Integrated Flood and River Bank Erosion Risk Management project, which envisages to protect the animals of Kaziranga and the people of Bokakhat raising and strengthening of Dhansiri bund from Panjan to Barpathar and Dowel bund in Kamargaon and project on the Brahmaputra dyke from Silghat to Ding via Bidhubi, which will protect the people of Kaliabor.