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1:49:05 am 02-August-2017
Guwahati, 1st Aug (northeastnews): The Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced assistance of over 2000 Crores for relief, rehabilitation, reconstruction and flood mitigation measures after holding series of meeting to reviews flood situation in North-Eastern States here today.

Assam Minister for Water Resource and IT Keshab Mahanta accompanied by Hrishikesh Goswami Media Advisor to Assam CM addressing the media on the issues discussed by the Prime Minister and funds released by him also informed that the Prime Minister has also instructed the Union Government to release the outstanding 250 Crores out of 600 Crores for the SDRF immediately to meet the requirement of providing relief etc to the flood hit people of Assam.

Mahanta informed that through the course of the day, the Prime Minister held separate, detailed review meetings on the situation in the States of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur and Nagaland. The Chief Ministers of the respective States, and senior officials were present at the meetings. A memorandum was received from the Chief Minister of Mizoram, who could not make it to the meeting in person.

He said Assam will get over Rs. 1200 Crores from the Union Government for the infrastructure sector alone and it will be used only for repair, maintenance, and strengthening of roads, highways, bridges, and other damaged infrastructure during the floods.

Rs. 400 crore will be provided for improving the water holding capacity of the Brahmaputra River, which will assist in flood control.
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The Prime Minister also announced setting up of a high power committee to carry out study for carrying out a study to synergize efforts towards finding time-bound long term solutions to recurrent floods in the region and Union Government will provide Rs. 100 Crore for the same.

The North-Eastern region, with eight percent of India's land area, contains one-third of the country's water resources. The Union Government will constitute a High Level Committee, with representation from Ministries of the Government of India and the
States, for proper management of the region's vast water resources.

The Prime Minister also declared an ex-gratia assistance of Rs. 2 lakh to the next of kin of the deceased, and Rs. 50,000/- to each of those seriously injured due to the floods, under the Prime Minister's National Relief Fund (PMNRF), it may be mentioned that 88 persons lost their lives in the recent spate of floods in the state.

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