SHILLONG, Jan 14 � The East Garo Hills district administration is facing huge financial constraints in maintaining and providing sufficient materials and commodities to the ethnic conflict-hit people taking shelter in different relief camps in the district.
So far, the district administration has spent an amount of Rs 40 lakh since the ethnic violence hit the Assam-Meghalaya border on January 1.
Speaking to a section of journalists from Shillong, who visited the affected areas on Wednesday last, East Garo Hills Deputy Commissioner Pravin Bakshi said, �So far, we have spent Rs 40 lakh to see to it that food, clothing and other requirements reach the displaced people.�
It may be mentioned here that a total of 18,308 displaced people from both the Garo and Rabha communities are taking shelter in the 18 camps established in East Garo Hills district arising out of the ethnic violence.
The DC, however, said that the administration is still in great need of financial assistance to ensure smooth inflow of materials and other amenities. The district administration is doing its bit in extending satisfactory help to the displaced people, and medical assistances have also been provided to them besides common requirements.
Pravin made an appeal to all groups and sections of the people, besides political parties, to extend help to the affected families.
Meanwhile, the State Government announced a compensation of Rs 10,000 and three bundles of CGI sheets each to the families displaced in the ethnic violence as an immediate relief. The government is also extending an ex gratia of Rs 3 lakh to the next of kin of those killed in the clash.