CPM expresses concern at the condition of flood affected people

Special Correspondent
Silchar, June 20: In a memorandum to the Deputy Commissioner of Cachar, CPM district committee has expressed concern at the condition of the people affected by the recent floods. Besides being faced with immense difficulties, they are undergoing economic crisis. The homesteads of hundreds of people in both rural and semi urban areas have been inundated and the livestock has also been lost in the high floods. Details about which have come out in the local media. Farmers taking up the cultivation of aus rice are confronted with heavy losses as the saplings have gone under water. Dulal Mitra, secretary, CPM Cachar district committee, said the scourges of flood waters have forced people to take shelter in relief camps. Despite the assurance and declaration of the State government to extend all possible help, both financial and material, relief is yet to reach many areas. This has led to resentment and anguish among the flood victims. Many have alleged favouritism in extending relief materials on political consideration. Even relief extended is not enough to meet the demands of the camp inmates. There is no sanitation in some areas, posing health hazards to the camp dwellers.

In view of the prevailing ground realties, CPM district committee demands that sufficient relief materials should be distributed among the families in proportionate to their respective numbers. Survey should be taken up to assess the damages caused to the flood victims because of the loss of households, livestock and aus rice and accordingly provide financial assistance to make up the losses. The next of the kith and kin of those who lost their lives during the floods should be provided Rs.10 lakh each as ex gratia amount. Immediate effective measures have to be taken up to repair the breaches and erosion along the embankments of Madhurbond areas, besides plugging those portions of dykes which have faced breaches.