LAKHIMPUR: The Lakhimpur district unit of All Assam Students' Union (AASU) demanded Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and his government to take adequate and immediate steps to mitigate flood and erosion problem of the State permanently with scientific measures.
Expressing concern over the critical flood situation across the State as well as in Lakhimpur district, Lakhimpur district AASU president Pulokjyoti Borah and general secretary Dhanmoni Dutta in a press release said that the present consecutive waves of the flash floods and extensive erosion have severely affected most of the districts of the State and ravaged the public properties and taken human lives.
"Flood water has collapsed the crops which are planted by the hardworking farmers with their sweat and rigorous physical labour. The devastating erosion caused by most of the rivers across the State has gobbled down new areas day by day. In Lakhimpur district, Dhunaguri area under Bihpuriya Revenue Circle, Telia Chapori under Telahi Development Block, Boginadi and various places under Dhakuakhana subdivision have been devastated by erosion. Flash flood has affected around two hundred villages in the district. The Chief Minister has already visited the flood and erosion affected areas to take stock of the situation. We demand the Chief Minister to initiate immediate and adequate steps to mitigate the flood and erosion problem with scientific measures without confining his responsibility to mere visit of the affected areas," stated a press release.
In the same press release, the president and the general secretary of Lakhimpur AASU warned the politicians not to sponsor selfish politics centering around the flood and erosion problem of the State.
"At present the Congress Party has shed crocodile tears highlighting the flood and erosion as major problem. We hope that BJP would not keep the issue alive to do so in future. We demand the government to be strict with regard to the implementation and appropriation of allotted fund meant for the mitigation of flood and erosion problem," the press release asserted.
On the other hand, an AASU delegation comprised with the members of Telahi Kamalaboriya regional unit and Bahpati branch unit, led by Dhanmoni Dutta on Friday, visited the Bhogmon-Silikhaguri area under North Lakhimpur Revenue Circle which reels under flood caused by River Subansiri for four to six months every year. The area is still eluded from due development as a result of which the people have to suffer a lot regarding communication, pursue of education, attainment of medical benefits along with other humanitarian issues.
Lakhimpur AASU demanded the State Government, Lakhimpur district administration as well as the authorities concerned and the public representatives to mitigate the problems of the area with immediate steps. The organization also demanded the Agriculture Department to supply paddy seedlings to those farmers whose crop lands have been spoilt by flash flood.
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