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Flood-hit Assam cries for funds

Ravaged by floods annually, cash-starved Assam is crying fowl against the Centre for allegedly not releasing funds for flood control measures for the last two years to the state.

india Updated: Jun 26, 2003 14:58 IST

Ravaged by floods annually which drain out enormous resources, cash-starved Assam is crying fowl against the Centre for allegedly not releasing funds for flood control measures for the last two years to the state.

Claiming this, state water resource Minister Nurzamal Sarkar says despite several requests the Centre had not released a single paise since the Congress government came to power in the state, affecting several flood control projects.

"Due to non release of funds for flood management schemes under central loan assistance (CLA), the entire programme came to a grinding halt", Sarkar told PTI here.

About 39 important and critical flood management schemes were going on at the cost of Rs three crore which had suffered while no new schemes could be taken up, he says.

Around 32 other schemes of less than Rs three crore were lying incomplete at different stages due to lack of funds while under the non-lapsable central pool of resources 25 schemes belonging to the Prime Minister's package were ignored for lack of adequate funds, the minister says. (MORE)

First Published: Jun 26, 2003 14:58 IST