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PM Modi sanctions Rs 100 cr. for flash flood in Northeast states

By Our Correspondent Updated: Sep 08, 2017 10:28 pm
Manipur Chief Minister N Biren inaugurating a convention on climate change in Imphal on Friday.

Our Correspondent
Imphal, Sep. 8 (EMN): Prime Minister Narendra Modi led BJP government has sanctioned Rs 100 cr. to conduct a comprehensive study and make action plan to check frequent flash flood in North Eastern states, according to Chief Minister Nongthombam Biren Singh.
“The study will cover all the flood affected states of the NE region. We may also invite experts from abroad,” says Biren. “Recently concluded meeting of North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA) also seriously discusses it.” The meeting of NEDA-a six party alliance which include all Chief Ministers in NE, was held in Delhi on September 5.
Biren was addressing inaugural function of a daylong Convention on Climate Change in Imphal on Friday.
Earlier flood occurs in valley but this time hill ranges were severely affected, he said. Deforestation is one of the major factors.
So Modi has initiated to counter the impact of climate change by introducing a replacement (or alternative) move while implementing government schemes such as housing for all by 2022, PM Ujjwala Yojana which aims to hand out by 2019 five cr. LPG connection to BPL families to reduce firewood consumption, he added.
So time has come for all us to unit and work together instead of voicing each other among us particularly between government and NGOs.
More than 85 people lost their lives, many livestock and wildlife were perished while 4 lac. people have been affected besides 5 lac. has been homeless as a result if flooding in North East which is home to around 280 ethnic communities, this year.
In Manipur alone, around 25 persons also lost their lives. The state also witnessed worst mudslide and landslide in the last 30 years wherein more than 40 houses were completely destroyed on April 5 (Ukhrul), June 5(Kangpokpi) and August 26(Senapati) forcing the villagers to evacuate to a safer places.
In his speech, the state water supply minister Losii Dikho who attended the convention along with BJP spokesperson RK Ranjan, opined that mere holding of functions and conventions without dedication and conviction in this regard would not serve any purpose.
On the other hand RK Ranjan said that all the development plans of the government should be prepared taking the possible impacts on environment into consideration as 75 percent of the population in NE depend on natural resources of the region. Representatives of various civil society organisations from all the eight NE states participated in the convention.

By Our Correspondent Updated: Sep 08, 2017 10:28:31 pm