Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal today sought special provision and grants from the centre for maintenance of roads which are washed away in recurring flood and erosion in the state. Official sources said that several Union minister including Rural Development Minister Narendra Singh Tomar reviewed implementation of rural development schemes.
Sonowal asks for ‘special category status’
Sonowal requested Tomar to consider Assam as a ‘special category state’ citing the threat of flood and erosion. Among others, issues of rural skills, connectivity, livelihood, affordable housing, infrastructure with focus on rural economy were also discussed during the meeting.
Notable, Union Minister of State for Water Resources and River Development Sanjeev Kumar Balyan had last week said the recurring flood and erosion problems of Assam will be tackled in an ‘attacking mode.’