Modi announces ₹ 2,350 cr package for N-E floods

RSTV Bureau
Guwahati: A rickshaw puller wades through a flooded street after heavy rainfall in Guwahati, Assam on Wednesday. The government has ordered closure of all government and private schools and colleges. PTI Photo

In this file photo a rickshaw puller wades through a flooded street after heavy rainfall in Guwahati, Assam. PTI Photo

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced a package of Rs 2,350 crore for all north-eastern states for mitigating the impact of floods in short and long term basis.

Modi, who is on a day-long visit to Guwahati, met chief ministers of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur and Nagaland and and took a stock of the flood situation.

“The prime minister today announced Rs 2,350 crore total flood package for the north eastern states,”Assam Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma told reporters.

Giving details, Sarma said, “The prime minister has announced a special package of Rs 2,000 crore for all the north eastern states for relief and rehabilitation of flood damage.”

The exact share of different states will be worked out in the coming days, he added.

In addition to that, the Prime Minister also announced a Rs 100 crore corpus for setting up a research project to study the Brahmaputra and its role in creating devastating flood.

“This project will have a high power committee comprising scientists, researchers, engineers. They will study the river and suggest remedies to tackle floods. This will be long term project,” Sarma added.

For Assam, the state finance minister said that the prime minister had announced the release of Rs 250 crore immediately to carry out relief and rehabilitation work.

“The prime minister had released Rs 300 crore in June. The Rs 250 crore announced today was in addition to the amount released in June,” Sarma said.

More than 25 lakh people have been affected in the floods this year in Assam.

(With inputs from PTI)