GUWAHATI, July 31 - The Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) today demanded an assistance of Rs 1,000 crore for the State to help it mitigate the disaster caused by flood and erosion. It also condemned the attitude shown by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh yesterday on the issue of declaring Assam�s problems of flood and erosion as the national ones.
Both the Central and the State governments led by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) are not sincere on the issue of providing succour to the State�s people at this time of distress, it alleged.
In a statement here, senior APCC spokesman Kishor Kumar Bhattacharyya said that the BJP-led Central government which did not miss any moment to announce special packages for Jammu and Kashmir and Bihar when these two states were affected by flood, has not bothered to announce any financial assistance to Assam, which is reeling under severe flood for the past several days.
Moreover, when the Union Home Minister refused to accept Assam�s flood and erosion as the national problems in presence of Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and Water Resources Minister Keshab Mahanta, both of them ironically remained quiet. Both Sonowal and Mahanta have long since been relentlessly raising the demand for declaring flood and erosion of the State as national problems, said Bhattacharyya.
The APCC spokesman further alleged that the Union Home Minister�s tour of the flood-hit areas yesterday was farcical.
Moreover, the State government had allegedly tried to hide the gravity of the situation by setting up a �special� relief camp at Jagiroad overnight to shelter the flood-hit people, it alleged.
The fact that the photographs of the 2014 Bangladesh flood were included in the report it sent to the Union government on the flood situation of the State, also speaks of its insincerity, alleged the APCC spokesman.