MP Pradyut Bordoloi appeals Assam Floods be declared as National Calamity

MP Pradyut Boroloi asks that Assam Floods are declared a National Calamity

GuwahatiPradyut Boroloi is a Member of Parliament representing Nowgong. He has asked for Assam Floods’ declaration as a National calamity/disaster, and an increase in central assistance by the Government.

In a letter to all MPs, he stated the above and asked them for their support.

In his letter, Bordoloi said, “I am writing to you all in the wake of the devastating floods my home state of Assam is witnessing. Within a span of a month, Assam is seeing its second wave of flooding, far more severe in nature in comparison to floods in the past decades, along with severe riverbank erosion.”

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He added, “Given the nature and scale of flooding in Assam, and that it involves the larger question of river-basin management, the role and support of the Union Government is key. It is not possible to tackle flooding alone, nor riverine erosion with the limited resources available in Assam. According to data in Lok Sabha Q.2668/14th December 2021, no funds under NDRF were granted to Assam for the years 2018, 19, 2019-20 or 2021-22. In 2020-21, while the State Government sought Rs 2642.99 crores for restoration works, only a mere Rs 44.37 crores was released.”

The MP added, “In this context, I draw your attention to the long-standing plea to declare flooding in Assam as a national calamity because this perennial problem of Assam has to be addressed holistically.”

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The demand came as 40% of Assam’s area (close to 32 lakh hectares) being flood-prone, roughly four times higher than the national mark of 10.2%, the issue of water-induced disasters in Assam is “too grave” to be relegated as a regional or state demand.

“In the upcoming Monsoon session of Parliament, I urge Members of Parliament across party and state lines to consider raising the demand for comprehensive and sustainable interventions for flooding and erosion in Assam, for flooding to be declared as a national calamity, and for responsibility of flood management and control to be fixed primarily with the Union Ministry of Jal Shakti, among other recommendations by the Standing Committee on the Water Resources on 2020-21”,he added.

He further requested the MPs to use their “platforms to amplify this much sidelined” issue and to consider appealing to the Union Government for an increase in the quantum of central aid for Assam.

He also asked for their support in all ways possible.