Guwahati, Aug. 15: Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal today said Prime Minister Narendra Modi has assured him of full support and cooperation towards finding a lasting solution to the flood problem by taking up the matter with neighbouring states and Bhutan.
“This year, Assam has experienced devastating floods. The floods have caused massive damage in different parts of the state and claimed the lives of people and wildlife. The root cause of the floods is the large amount of silt and sand carried by the rivers from neighbouring states. As a result, the riverbed of the Brahmaputra is rising gradually and reducing its water carrying capacity. We have apprised the Prime Minister of the situation during his recent visit to Guwahati. He has assured us of support and cooperation to find a lasting solution by taking up the matter with the neighbouring states and Bhutan. The Centre has also announced Rs 100 crore for a detailed study for a permanent solution to the problem,” Sonowal said, minutes after unfurling the Tricolour at the College of Veterinary Science playground here.
More than 100 people have died and 50 lakh people are affected in the two phases of floods since last month.
Calling for a change in mindsets of the people to make the state corruption- free, Sonowal said, “Our government has adopted a zero-tolerance policy towards corruption. After the government took charge, probes have been ordered into various cases of corruption so that it can be rooted out from the government machinery to fulfil the people’s hopes and aspirations. The government has been able to take bold steps against corrupt practices prevalent in some departments, including the Assam Public Service Commission. As a result, corruption has been minimised in the state. But, we need to change our mindsets too. People should refuse to pay bribes and help check the menace,” Sonowal said.
Citing a survey conducted by the Centre for Media Studies, a Guwahati-based research organisation, Sonowal said the percentage of corruption in the state was 34 per cent in 2005, which has now been minimised to 18 per cent in 2017. “Today I would like to assure that people of the state that our government would never tolerate corruption at any stage,” he said.
Sonowal said the update of the National Register of Citizens, 1951, which is under way under the supervision of the Supreme Court, would bring a permanent solution to the foreigners problem in the state.
He also assured that protection of interest of the indigenous people was one of the priorities of the BJP-led coalition government. He said investment to the state had gone up while several schemes had been initiated to revamp the rural economy and protect of interest of all sections of the society. Sonowal, however, did not talk about the problem of militancy.
News Source Telegraph India