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Flood scene grim: toll 15

  • NH 37 submerged after  breach of Hatimura embankment  at Jakhalabandha in Nogaon district on Sunday. Photo by UB Photos.
    NH 37 submerged after breach of Hatimura embankment at Jakhalabandha in Nogaon district on Sunday. Photo by UB Photos.

The overall flood situation has gone from bad to worse with the river Brahmaputra and its tributaries flowing above the danger level submerging nearly 3000 villages in 21 districts till Monday. 

The toll has gone up to 15 from ten during that last 24 hours forcing the authority to step up relief and rescue measures. The second wave of the flash wave seems to have hit Nagaon and Kokrajhar where thousands of people have been evacuated to relief camps. 

In Kokrajhar district alone the flood wave washed away six people while ten others have been reported from other flood affected areas where thousands of people have been keeping in the relief camps.

Panic spreads' among the local residents of Nagaon town after the over flowing waters breached a huge embankment in Jakhalabandha swelling the river Kolong that flows across the central Assam town. The district administration remains alert to face any eventuality. 

Army and Indian Air Force have assured the government help to firmly deal with thr situation. Surface communication remains heavily disrupted in many places and the Northeast Frontier Railway has cancelled trains on Sunday and Monday. Nearly a dozen of trains coming to Assam have refused to move beyond New Jalpaiguri.

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Assam steps up towards a clean administration

14 Jun 2016 - 10:56pm | Daya Nath Singh

Hardly a few days ago, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Alliance has taken the reign of Assam administration the results of efforts made by Chief Minister, Sarbananda Sonowal under the guidance of PM Narendra Modi to bring back black money to the state coffer, has started recently with the arrest of Dhemaji Divisional Forest Officer, Mahat Chandra Talukdar by anti-corruption department. For a long time the reports of wildlife crimes were in the air, but the previous state administration ruled by Congress Party under the three-terms  leadership of Tarun Gogoi did not try to take any action. The former Chief Minister Gogoi was under a wrong impression that the people who gave him a chance to rule over the state for last fifteen years would further give him another chance to continue. His calculation was imaginary and the practice of distributing blankets, liquor and mosquito nets had failed as the mindset of electorate was stuck on the change.

It was not that the recovery of crores of rupees from the possession of the DFO of Dhemaji was the only case in the state. Media reports had earlier on different occasions pointed out heavy destructions of forest wealth including timber and animals, but no action was taken by the state government. Instead during the elections campaign the publicity of ‘Fifteen years of confidence and Fifteen years of development’ was high. Because of the people’s confidence corruption developed and development turned into destruction. The people like Dhemaji DFO got inspiration to accumulate wealth likes crores of rupees and the poor people had to cry out for even two meals for their family.

In the recent case Mahat Chandra Talukdar had allegedly demanded Rs.30,000 each from three truckers who transport forest produce. The truckers lodged a complaint with the Vigilance and Anti-corruption wing of Assam Police after which a trap was laid. Talukdar’s Dhemaji and Guwahati residences were raided by anti-corruption department. More than sum of Rs.56,000 in cash, FDR worth Rs.15 lakhs, tiger and deer skins. Elephant tusk were also recovered from his residence. It proved a bad luck for Mahat Talukdar who was to retire by the end of this year. According to local people of Dhemaji several complaints of corruption and misdeeds against the DFO were lodged earlier, but the forest department had chosen not to take any action.

Assam forest minister, Pramila Rani Brahma, has begun to take drastic action against corrupt forest officials after assuming her office recently. She has sought reports on rhino poaching incidents in Kaziranga and has warned the corrupt forest officials, who hid its carcass to cover up the killing. Any way the new government of the state has raised a hope for better future of the state.

PC stresses infrastructure for development

3 Jan 2009 - 12:02am | editor
Home Minister P Chidambaram says strengthening infrastructure will help Assam ensure development.

Inaugurating the State Bank of India's 11,111th branch in Sonapur, he said bank loans meant development and this was a clear message that the Centre was for improving the state's economic condition.

He said her was satisfied with the rate of growth in the state, the union minister said since the early days of under development, a lot had changed in the state which was visible through the expanding Guwahati.

Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi said the opening of the branch at Sonapur fulfilled a long-felt need particularly of farmers whose economic upliftment was the aim of the bank as well as the government.

Speaking on the occasion, SBI Chairman O P Bhatt said the bank had the largest network of branches in the North East and was the biggest lender.

CM reviews Sualkuchi scene

31 Mar 2013 - 10:34pm | AT News
Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on Sunday took stock of the situation in Sualkuchi from district deputy commissioner S K Roy. Gogoi directed Roy to relax the curfew to facilitate the people to buy essential goods.

He also directed the Home Secretary, senior police officials and the DC to have a meeting later to discuss the situation and chalk out a plan to normalise the situation in Sualkuchi.