Manipur Landslide: Debabrata Saikia seeks financial aid for victims' families

Manipur Landslide – Debabrata Sikia requests financial assistance for the families of victims

STAFF REPORTER

GUWAHATI – Debabrata Sikia is the Leader of Opposition in Assam Legislative Assembly. He has written letters to Narendra Modi, Ashwini Vaishnaw the Railway Minister and Himanta Biswa Sarma the Chief Minister of Assam, requesting that they provide financial aid to families of victims as well to others who sustained injuries in the massive landslide at the Noney District of Manipur.

In order to avoid recurrences, he called for an examination of Indian Railways’ recent work in North-East geo-sensitive regions.

Saikia, in a letter addressed to Prime Minister, mentioned that Assamians have been also killed or seriously injured by the disaster. He requested the immediate release from the Prime Ministry’s Relief Fund of Rs 25 Lakh for the loved ones of all the Assam workers who died and an additional Rs 10 Lakh for people with minor and severe injuries. Saikia also urged Prime Minister to review the safety aspects of ongoing North-East railway construction.

Saikia, in a letter addressed to Railway Minister, stated that the incident took an unfavorable turn due to Indian Railways not properly following disaster management procedures.

Saikia mentioned that eight Assam families lost their sole breadwinners in the accident. He urged Vaishnaw for Rs 25 lakh each to families of all the victims and Rs 10 lakh for those suffering injuries through the Indian Railways Calamity Relief Fund. Saikia appealed for an evaluation of the ongoing rail projects in the area.