Centre allots Rs 772 crore under SDRF
GUWAHATI: The 15th Finance Commission has accorded river erosion as a natural calamity, and recommended for adequate compensation, including rehabilitation under the SDRF (State Disaster Response Fund) and NDRF (National Disaster Response Fund).
Chief Minister SarbanandaSonowal said that the State government has taken special steps for solving flood and erosion problem. In a statement here today, Sonowal said that the State government has already sent a letter to the 15th Finance Commission, requesting it for granting adequate compensatory measures towards relief and rehabilitation of erosion-hit people and consider erosion as a natural calamity.
Stating that the Central government has asked the State government to submit a detailed report incorporating the details of people in the State who have been rendered landless and homeless due to erosion, Sonowal added that his government is preparing a detailed report to be submitted to the Centre. He also exuded confidence that this would ultimately bring an end to the long-pending problem that the people of Assam have been going through owing to erosion.
Stating that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given importance to the flood and erosion problems of the State, the Chief Minister pointed out that he has also provided a phenomenal increase of Rs. 772 crore under SDRF. Sonowal further said that as a part of the allocation, the State government has already received Rs. 386 crore.