All India Congress Committee (AICC) general secretary Rahul Gandhi may soon visit Bihar to lead
(community service) for a Congress-Youth Congress joint initiative geared to the resettlement and rehabilitation of flood victims in the Kosi-devastated districts of North Bihar.
"The visit may fructify as early as next month. But its exact timing will confirmed after ascertaining that the flood water has drained or dried sufficiently for reconstruction activity to get underway in a significant fashion", said Naresh Sharma, till recently national secretary of the Indian Youth Congress, when contacted in New Delhi on Tuesday.
Sharma said the Congress and its Youth wing would take up two of the five Kosi-hit districts for the complete resettlement/rehabilitation of the victims identified by the party machinery. Subsequently, the remaining three districts would be taken in the ambit of the Congress community service initiative.
"The resettlement would be carried out on the lines of the initiative taken by India's first Prime Minister, late Jawaharlal Nehru, after the 1956 Gujarat (Anjar) earthquake", Sharma told HT. The broad contours of the Congress' Kosi rehabilitation plan had been worked out in the aftermath of Rahul's visit to Araria and Purnia on September 10 last year, he added.
The AICC general Secretary had at that time assured the flood victims of all possible help from the Centre and the Congress. "The central government and Congress party are with you and we will do everything for your rehabilitation," Rahul had told a crowd of flood victims sheltered in a relief camp at Chandpur-Bhangaha in Banmankhi block of Purnia district.
Since then, Sharma said, he and other Youth Congress functionaries had visited the Kosi hotspots to keep a track of the situation on the ground. "The Congress-YC package would also cover employment for the victims". He said a string of names had been drawn from Bihar for Rahul's talent pool following interviews held last year.
"A fresh Youth Congress team will visit Bihar again to short-list and finalise names for the talent pool", said Sharma, who had visited the State several times for this purpose.