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Flood-hit people

People of Assam should learn to live with the devastating floods that occur every year. That is what we understand

Flood

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  4 Jun 2020 4:45 AM GMT

People of Assam should learn to live with the devastating floods that occur every year. That is what we understand from the apathetic attitude of the Central government. A newspaper report suggests that the Central government did not release additional fund of Rs 10,000 crore sought by Assam during the last two fiscals. So, all flood-affected people have to face the misery solely depending on whatever little they receive from the State government. One thing we must concede, last year there was no corona crisis but this year the Central government is spending thousands of crores of rupees to check coronavirus and to meet the burgeoning expenses for healthcare and for sheltering crores of people in quarantine centres. One has every reason to regret that many embankments in vulnerable areas still remain unrepaired despite a deadline earmarked by our Chief Minister. Our misfortune is we have been observing since long our government wakes up from slumber only at the onset of monsoon. This is what we experience this season also when the question of repairing of embankments came to the forefront. The digging of the river bed of the Brahmaputra earlier proposed by the State government has been put in cold storage despite the fact that a few dredgers had been brought. We believe, had the digging been there on time much of the troubles faced now would have subsided. Without sincerity and good gesture from the Central government the operation of digging is not possible. All said and done, the miseries confronted by the flood-affected people should be mitigated. The need of the hour is shelter and food for the hapless and affected people.

Ashok Bordoloi,

Dibrugarh.

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