CPI demands special economic package for drought and flood victims

GUWAHATI, Aug 26 : “Asom is today facing the extremes of both flood and drought. While some parts of the State are reeling under floods, some are facing drought-like situation. The State Government has to take up come up with proper relief measures for the drought and flood victims,” said Communist Party of India national executive member Promode Gogoi at a press conference today in Guwahati.

Gogoi said the party had submitted a memorandum to Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi yesterday. In the memorandum the party has demanded a special economic package for the drought and flood victims of Asom, said Gogoi. “The drought-like situation has affected agriculture in many districts. Farmers have been badly hit. On the other hand, floods have wrecked havoc in districts like Dhemaji and Lakhimpur. A special economic package is needed to rehabilitate the victims,” said Gogoi.

The party has also asked the State Government to restore communication links in Lakhimpur and Dhemaji.“Due to the breakdown of communication links, relief measures are not reaching the victims,” said Gogoi.

River dam projects have been grabbing headlines in the recent past with many organizations vehemently protesting against such projects. Gogoi however welcomed the river dam projects taken up by the State Government. He said,“These projects will help in the production of power and in comprehensive irrigation schemes. But work on the Lower Subansiri Project should be stalled till the submission of the final report by the expert committee appointed by the Government.”

Gogoi urged all political parties to rise above their political interests and to work unitedly for a solution to the flood and drought problems in Asom. CPI has called for a stir across the State on August 31 for immediate fulfilment of their demands. THE SENTINEL