GUWAHATI, Aug 24 - Accusing the BJP Government at the Centre of ignoring the genuine grievances of the State, Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi today said that the State Government has sought an interim relief of Rs 500 crore for restoration of infrastructure, including embankments devastated by floods.
He said that more funds would be sought after the State Government completed the assessment of flood-induced damages.
Addressing a press conference, the Chief Minister said that the Centre had released only a part of the fund announced for last year�s flood damage despite repeated pleas by the State Government and despite the fact that the State Government had submitted detailed proposals.
�Lack of assistance from the Centre has hindered restoration works�now we have sought an amount of Rs 500 crore as interim relief from the Centre,� he said.
The Chief Minister said that the overall flood situation eased a little in most of the affected districts following a let-up in rainfall in Assam, besides in Arunachal Pradesh and Bhutan.
The floods have so far claimed 15 lives in the State, but the toll is likely to go up as bodies of several missing persons feared to have drowned are yet to be recovered.