Former Uttarakhand Chief Minister B.C. Khanduri has lambasted the Congress-led government in the State for its “complete failure” in providing much-needed relief and succour to the cloudburst-hit areas there, remote villages in particular. He demanded the appointment of a competent authority in Dehradun to coordinate and monitor relief operations in a more holistic manner.

“People are still in deep distress as there is not much that the government has done for those who lost everything in the recent floods…Several villages in remote locations, in both the Garhwal and Kumaon regions, are still cut-off. People do not know where to send their children for studies or get their daily medicines. The government has, so far, not started any work to rehabilitate those who lost their shops and other commercial establishments. The situation is grim,” Mr. Khanduri told The Hindu after his return from the flood-affected villages in the hills.

He criticised the UPA Government at the Centre for poor coordination with the State and other agencies in carrying out rehabilitation and reconstruction work.

“Instead of sending competent officials to Dehradun to speed up relief and reconstruction work, officials are clearing files sitting in Delhi. This proves that the Congress does not trust its own government in Uttarakhand…These are obvious signs of a corrupt government and a divided Congress in the State,” he alleged.

Mr. Khanduri asked the Centre to speed up reconstruction of roads, particularly the National Highways that are under the Border Roads Organisation, as without these crucial links the State agencies will not be able to reach the affected people in far-off places.