Guwahati, Tuesday, September 25, 2012
'No rehabilitation without proper land documents'
KOKRAJHAR, Sept 24: The rehabilitation of the displaced people staying in various relief camps in BTC region is being made only after proper scrutiny of land and other related documents. Talking to reporters, BTC Deputy Chief Kampa Borgoyary said that no one would be allowed to resettle if they failed to produce land pattas and other documents verifying them as Indian citizens.
Borgoyary said, the BTC administration was gearing up for proper scrutiny of displaced people in the recent violence, for resettling them to their respective villages. He said the scrutiny was just completed in the Chirang district, where people were forced to produce land pattas.
Borgoyary said, of 25,000 families affected in the recent conflicts, 18,000 families had filled up the formats of the rehabilitation forms as per the Government norms in Kokrajhar district. He said, nearly 8,000 families were reported to have no land patta while another 8,000 families were recorded as doubtful citizens. On the other hand, 1,077 families have no lands in the region, he said, adding that the BTC administration, in association with concerned department of the State Government has been carrying out the process of resettlement in the region, so that only the genuinely affected people were rehabilitated at the earliest.
Borgoyary said, the displaced people would be rehabilitated after the proper scrutiny of the land documents as per the agreement with the group of ministers of Assam Government and BTC administration in August this year.
Rs 300 for voter identity card!
GUWAHATI, Sept 24: Rupees 300 can give you a fake Indian voter identity card in the northeast. This was revealed by the three illegal Bangladeshi nationals, who were picked up by the Guwahati Police from a city hotel on Sunday night, following an interrogation. Md Masud, Shohel Rana and Shafikul Islam entered Tripura with Bangladeshi passports and later took the help of Shikhan Mian, who is a resident of Tripura, to visit Assam. Police sources said Shikhan Mian was paid Rs 300 by each of the three Bangladeshi nationals to arrange Indian voter identity cards for them. The four including Shikhan Mian reached Guwahati from Agartala on Sunday and stayed in a city hotel. Acting on a tip off, the border police raided the hotel and nabbed the four persons. The border police also recovered Bangladeshi currency and passports from the arrested persons.
Around 14 lakh people marooned, 16 districts affected by floods
GUWAHATI/NALBARI/JORHAT, Sept 24: The flood situation remained grim in the State on Monday with more new areas submerged across 16 districts, including some parts of Guwahati city, marooning nearly 14 lakh people in the State.
A total of 1,972 villages had come under floodwaters, official sources said. The government has opened 169 relief camps for the marooned, the sources said, adding that over 2.31 lakh people were staying in these relief camps.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi has instructed the State Revenue and Disaster Management Minister Prithivi Majhi from Tokyo to monitor the relief and rehabilitation works in the flood affected districts of the State. "As per the directive of the Chief Minister, Prithivi Majhi has asked the concerned ministers of the flood affected districts to monitor the flood situation and to take up rescue and relief measures on a war footing," stated an official statement.
Official sources confirmed that four people had died in the floods — one in Dibrugarh district and three in Tinsukia. Unofficial sources, however, put the death toll at eight. The sources further said the figures might increase as nine people were reported missing till Monday evening.
The flood situation in lower Assam districts especially Kamrup (rural), Nalbari, Barpeta and Baksa remained grim with the water level not showing any receding trend. Sources informed that three more embankments were breached on Monday in lower Assam.
Floodwaters of the Mora Pagladiya river breached one new embankment at Balijhar in Nalbari district while the other two embankments were breached at Rangiya in Kamrup (rural) and Goreswar in Baksa districts by Nona and Pagladiya rivers respectively.
As per official reports, nearly 60,000 people in 55 villages are affected by the floods in Rangiya, Hajo, Nalbari and Baksa. Over 10,000 flood-affected people of Barjhar, Dipta, Suradi, Dahkauniya, Nambarbhag, Alagjhar among other villages have taken shelter on high grounds.
The surging waters flowing down from the Bhutan hills have caused extensive damage in lower Assam districts this time.
Most of the areas of Rangiya subdivision in Kamrup (rural) district have been submerged by the floodwaters. The flood situation has added to the woes of the people of the greater Rangiya subdivision as the authority concerned has not initiated timely steps to repair the damage in embankments.
Flood situation in Baksa district also remained critical on Monday. Flood affected people of 10 villages under Barama revenue circle in Baksa district protested against the failure of Baksa district administration in providing flood relief materials. Flood situation is also grim in Barpeta district till the time of filing this report.
Flood situation in Majuli island in Jorhat district has taken a worse turn on Monday. Most parts of the river island are under water.Floodwaters washed away Kamalabari-Auniati road. The Jorhat district administration closed all the educational institutions in Majuli for an indefinite period.
On the other hand, massive land erosion is also continuing at Namoni Majuli. About 11 houses have been washed away last night at Subidha Chapori under Ahotguri Gaon Panchyat in Majuli. Most of the areas in Majuli have no road communication, no electricity and no ferry service.
Meanwhile, 41 prisoners have been shifted to the Jorhat Central Jail on Monday from Majuli.
The Indian Air Force, Army, National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) were engaged in relief and rescue work. Air force helicopters dropped 250 quintals of food items among the marooned at Sootea in Sonitput district and at Sadia in Tinsukia district.
Many areas of the Dibru-Saikhowa National Park, the Kaziranga National Park and the Pobitara Wildlife Sanctuary have been submerged, forcing animals to take shelter on high grounds.