GUWAHATI: Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal said that that in last seven decades since independence, Narendra Modi was the country’s only Prime Minister to take a scientific approach in finding out a permanent solution to the flood and erosion problem of the North East India.
Sonowal on Tuesday visited Lalpukhuri area, which is affected by erosion of Buroi River and inspected the erosion protection measures being undertaken by the water resources department at Chatrang river at Gohpur in Biswanath district. A guard wall is being built on the bank of Chatrang river by the water resources department at an expenditure of Rs. 5 crore.
Chief Minister said that several hectares of land were lost due to erosion in the State. He said that in last seven decades of independence, Narendra Modi was the country’s first Prime Minister who took scientific approach to find out a permanent solution to the flood and erosion problem of the North East.
He informed that the high level committed constituted by the PM under the chairmanship of NITI Aayog vice chairman recommended for constitution of North East Water Management Authority for tackling the perennial flood and erosion problem of the region. He stated that the Central Government would take necessary steps for its implementation in the forthcoming session of the parliament.
The Chief Minister said that though erosion was a major problem in Assam, it was not considered as a natural calamity in government relief manual. However, the 15th Finance Commission included erosion as a natural calamity, the Chief Minister said, adding that the State Government made a representation to the Commission for this purpose earlier. He observed that the recent move of the Commission would facilitate flow of substantial amount of fund for erosion protection. He also said that the State is presently battling against numerous challenges like storm, COVID-19, Baghjan gas well fire etc.
Sonowal said that agriculture in the state holds the key in making an Atmanirbhar Assam. He also said that in view of hundreds of youths returned to state after the COVID 19 induced lockdown, they must be motivated to take agriculture as their vocations and increase their skills in agriculture.