Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on Tuesday announced a Rs. 100-crore package for the flood-hit Dhemaji district. The announcement came during a tour of the district by Mr. Gogoi for a first-hand assessment of the devastation by flood in the backward district. He announced this while talking to the flood-affected people of the district, at Silapathar and Sisiborgaon.
The Chief Minister also announced the ex-gratia of Rs. one lakh to the kin of each of those killed in the flood. He said Rs. 25,000 would be given to the families whose concrete houses have been damaged by flood waters, and Rs. 10,000 to the families whose kutcha houses have been damaged. Besides, the State government would also provide financial assistance to compensate for the loss of livestock and special assistance to students affected by flood.
Later, in a meeting with high officials of the district administration, North East Frontier Railways, Border Roads Organisation, Mr. Gogoi directed the concerned departments to initiate measures to reverse the course of River Gai which caused the devastation, and to restore communication network in the district. He also instructed the district administration to continue providing relief materials to the affected people.
The Northeast Frontier Railway, with support from the Railway Board, has dispatched relief materials to the flood-affected people of Dhemaji and North Lakshimpur district on Tuesday by road to elevate their sufferings.
The materials sent include about 1,700 dhotis, 1,600 sarees, 1,000 children's clothes, and 1,100 polythene sheets for protection from rain.
The materials are being handed over to the district authorities for further disbursement, stated an official release issued by chief public relations officer, N.F. Railway, S. Hajong.