After facing lot of flak from several quarters for not visiting the flood hit Northeast, Prime Minister finally ended the speculations by arriving at Guwahati today. Even though Modi couldn’t visit the flood affected areas, he announced a massive flood package of Rs 2650 crores for Northeast. Apart from Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, he also met Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu, Nagaland Chief Minister T R Zeliang and Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh to discuss the prevailing flood situation in their respective states.
Informing mediapersons about the five hour long marathon meeting that took place in Khanapara, State Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said, ‘We updated the Prime Minister on steps undertaken to contain & mitigate situation arising out of floods in many parts of Assam. For the first time ever in history, a Prime Minister made an in-depth study of the flood situation in Assam. Prime Minister offered a corpus of Re 100 crores to study the course of river Brahmaputra and analyse flood, erosion and related problems. He also instructed to set up a high power study group which will undertake an extensive study in the matter.’
‘Most importantly, he has announced a package of Rs 2000 crore for Northeastern states to take up restoration activities for the infrastructure damaged by flood. He has released Re 250 crore for relief operations in Assam, in addition to Re 345 crore released earlier, taking total to Re 595 crore’ he added.
Earlier, Modi had announced ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh for the family of victims who died in flood and Rs 50,000 for people who were injured in the deluge.