Lalu seeks huge relief for flood-hit Bihar
RJD supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav apprised the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh of the grim flood situation in Bihar and sought a massive dose of relief for millions of affected people in the state.delhi Updated: Aug 26, 2008 22:15 IST
Main opposition RJD in Bihar on Tuesday apprised the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh of the grim flood situation in Bihar and sought a massive dose of relief for millions of affected people in the state.
RJD supremo Lalu Prasad, who led a party delegation to Singh, told reporters that he had urged the Prime Minister to visit Bihar and have a first hand assessment of the flood situation there which he described as Tsunami.
Prasad said that Singh has agreed to undertake a tour of the flood-hit areas and is likely to visit the state on Thursday.
The Railway Minister said that he has also urged UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi to see for herself the devastation caused by floods in large parts of the state.
The RJD delegation, which included leader of opposition in Bihar assembly Rabri Devi, also met the Union Food Minister Sharad Pawar.
Both Rabri and Prasad told reporters that Pawar has agreed to give five lakh quintals each of rice and wheat costing around Rs 157 crore to the flood victims free of cost.
The Railway Minister on his part promised to facilitate quick dispatch of foodgrains to the flood victims by train without any freight charges.
In a novel gesture, Prasad, who recently won Rs one crore at a programme on TV, said he would use the money for distribution of cooked food among the flood victims.
Prasad took the opportunity to lambast the NDA government in the state headed by Nitish Kumar for "criminal negligence" in handling the situation.