Take all measures to help flood-hit people: Himanta tells DCs

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GUWAHATI, July 18: Assam finance minister Himanta Biswa Sarma Thursday directed all the deputy commissioners of the state to ensure all possible measures to lessen the problems faced by flood-affected people.

In a video conferencing with deputy commissioners of 33 districts, the minister also asked the DCs to submit the records of the damaged properties, livestock, agricultural lands, embankments, bridges, schools etc. daily basis so that the government could provide the sufficient fund for restoration of the system.

The minister asked the DCs to submit proposals of detailed infrastructural damage (schools, hospitals, roads, embankments, government buildings etc.) to the revenue and disaster management (R&DM) department.

The departments will prepare detailed reports about the permanent damages in the infrastructure send the same to the R&DM department.

The meeting noted that the SDRF funds would be used for immediate repair of infrastructure which may not cover the entire cost of such repair of permanent nature.

The total estimated amount will be bifurcated into two sub-sets: items covered under SDRF

as per norms and those which will not be covered, will be provided by the state government.

The meeting asked the DCs to ensure immediate repair of the embankments as per the norms to ensure no further loss of human life occurs.

The meeting also decided to grant additional amounts for the immediate repair of damaged public water supply schemes (PWSS) out of the state resources as the amounts earmarked under the SDRF for the repair of PWSS would not be sufficient in certain cases as the cost of the repairs may be higher.

Such additional financial requirement to meet the requirements of flood should be immediately processed through the R&DM department

The meeting also decided to grant additional funds to meet the requirements of providing certified Kharif seeds to the 2.43 lakh affected farmers covering 67500 hectares across the state.

The minister directed all the deputy commissioners to reach out and provide assistance to all the affected people on a war footing and the state government will provide all necessary financial assistance for flood damaged repairing.

The DCs have been asked to conduct five medical and veterinary camps per constituency and approved Rs 1 lakh per medical camp and Rs 50,000 per veterinary camp.

The minister also directed the DCs not only to provide relief to those people in the relief camps and in the ‘core’ affected areas but also to those residing in the ‘periphery’ as well (marooned and not able to reach ‘relief camps’ etc.).

The DCs have been asked to ensure that the consolidated list is prepared and published each day consisting details about the number of revenue villages affected, the people marooned, people in relief camps, animals lost etc.

The minister also asked the DCs to ensure adequate food stock in the concerned district and

sub divisional headquarters, to ensure the safety of young infants and children should be the top priority. He also asked the DCs to provide baby food to the infants staying in relief camps established by the authority and also to those residing in the marooned habitations.

The DCs have been directed to ensure hire boat /vessels for rescue of the flood affected

People and to ensure provide tarpaulin and necessary items to those affected by the floods.

The minister also asked the DCs to ensure immediate transfer of Rs 3800/= (Rs 2000/= for

purchase of utensils and Rs 1800/= for purchase of cloths) to the bank account of the head of the families who are staying in the designated relief camps and also those marooned and living in camp-like situation.

The DCs have been directed to ensure that the claims for Rehabilitation Grants for partially/fully damaged houses should be sent within 1 month of the floods so as to ensure people are rehabilitated at the earliest and distribution of free text books to the affected school children so that their studies are not affected.

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