GUWAHATI: The AssamPradesh Congress Committee (APCC) will hold statewide protests to observe Patrona Diwas (Deception Day) on August 3.
The day will be observed to make the people aware and oppose the 'false promises' of the Government to control the flood situation.
"The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led Central and Assam governments have been giving false promises to the people of the State about providing flood assistance," said APCC spokesperson Rituparna Konwar.
He asserted that both the Central and State governments have completely failed to tackle the flood and erosion problem of Assam. They have neglected to provide assistance to the flood-effected people who are in distress.
Konwar underlined that, rather than acting in an active manner, the Prime Ministers, Chief Ministers and other central ministers during the years have been giving false commitments to the people.
"On August 1, 2017 PM Narendra Modi visited Guwahati to review the flood situation in the State. He announced a special package for Assam and the North East. However, it has been three years and the package has not been implemented yet," said Konwar.
Further, he questioned the announcements which PM Modi had made during his State visit in 2017.
"The PM had announced Rs 2,350-crore package for the North East to tackle flood situation. He had said that immediate funds of Rs 250 crore will be released for Assam. Thus, we would like to question how the funds were implemented. Rs 400-crore funds for the protection of erosion in the Brahmaputra river was announced and another Rs 100 crore was announced to study the Brahmaputra river. What happened to those initiatives?" said the spokesperson.
Speaking further, Konwar took a jibe at Union Minister Nitin Gadkari and CM Sarbananda Sonowal. He said, on October 24, 2016 Minister Gadkari in the presence of the CM announced that an express highway will be made on both the banks of the Brahmaputra river to control the flood situation. The Centre had announced to invest Rs 1 lakh crore. What happened to those commitments?, questioned Konwar.
He also alleged that the BJP has not followed their 2014 election manifesto and the vision documents for 2016 Assam Legislative Assembly Elections. He underlined that in both the documents various initiatives were mentioned to control the flood situation. However, none of those promises have been fulfilled till date.
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