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Govt directive to districts on disaster relief

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, March 26 � Revenue and Disaster Management Minister Dr Bhumidhar Barman told the Assembly that the government would make it mandatory for the district administration to send the disaster relief proposals within four months from the date of occurrence of any natural calamity.

He also said that flood relief committees will be formed in all the revenue circles of the State to ensure that the affected are not deprived of government aid, in whatever form it may be.

�Time-bound relief will be our priority and action will be taken against those indulging in any kind of negligence,� the Minister said.

Dr Barman, replying to the Cut Motion on voting on demands for grants by Revenue and Disaster Management Department, also said that a �Revolving Fund� will be created through which instant relief could be provided to the affected ones in the event of any natural disaster.

He also urged the local MLAs to monitor the progress of such relief work.

The Minister also admitted that a number of speed boats, meant for rescue-and-relief operations, are lying out of order, which is causing problems in ensuring quick and effective response.

The Minister also told the House that funds released by the Centre for erosion management are not adequate and very little if compared to Jammu and Kashmir.

Following the Minister�s reply, the Cut Motion was withdrawn by the Opposition parties.

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Govt directive to districts on disaster relief

GUWAHATI, March 26 � Revenue and Disaster Management Minister Dr Bhumidhar Barman told the Assembly that the government would make it mandatory for the district administration to send the disaster relief proposals within four months from the date of occurrence of any natural calamity.

He also said that flood relief committees will be formed in all the revenue circles of the State to ensure that the affected are not deprived of government aid, in whatever form it may be.

�Time-bound relief will be our priority and action will be taken against those indulging in any kind of negligence,� the Minister said.

Dr Barman, replying to the Cut Motion on voting on demands for grants by Revenue and Disaster Management Department, also said that a �Revolving Fund� will be created through which instant relief could be provided to the affected ones in the event of any natural disaster.

He also urged the local MLAs to monitor the progress of such relief work.

The Minister also admitted that a number of speed boats, meant for rescue-and-relief operations, are lying out of order, which is causing problems in ensuring quick and effective response.

The Minister also told the House that funds released by the Centre for erosion management are not adequate and very little if compared to Jammu and Kashmir.

Following the Minister�s reply, the Cut Motion was withdrawn by the Opposition parties.