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Gogoi to ask Centre for Rs.500 crore over flood damage

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Guwahati: Assam will seek financial assistance of Rs.500 crore from the central government to repair the damage caused by the current wave of floods that has affected 18 districts in the state and over 6.5 lakh people, Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi said on Monday. He said the flood situation has been improving in the state gradually. “As of now, 1,071 villages in 14 districts are reeling under floods… flood waters have started receding in most of the places,” Gogoi told newsmen on Monday.

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Stating that Assam received 20 percent excess rainfall in the last few weeks, he said 2.13 lakh people were still living in 296 relief camps set up in six worst-affected districts. “The inmates of the relief camps are likely to move to their homes soon. The meteorological department has forecast moderate to light rain in the days to come, which will improve the situation. Once the situation improves, the relief camp inmates will leave for their houses,” he said. “We are going to ask the central government to release funds for flood devastation to the tune of Rs.500 crore. This will be for immediate relief to meet the expenses to be incurred while repairing damaged roads, bridges and breaches in embankments,” he said.

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Anna Hazare Breaks Fast After Government Assurance

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Anna Hazare finally breaks his fast after government assurance. IANS
Anna Hazare finally breaks his fast after government assurance. IANS
  • Anna Hazare called off his hunger strike after government’s assurance
  • He fasted in Delhi’s Ramlila Ground
  • He fasted against unfair crop prices, electoral policies and Lokpal appointments

Social activist Anna Hazare on Thursday called off his hunger strike in support of his demands as the Central government sought six months to deal with his demands on fair crop prices, Lokpal appointment and electoral reforms.

Anna Hazare wants government to finish corruption completely and take steps in the right direction. Wikimedia Commons

“The government has agreed to demand on crop prices and agreed to take steps on the appointment of a Lokpal at the Centre and Lokayuktas in the states as soon as possible,” Hazare said as he announced that he was going to break his fast.

Hazare said he had been assured regarding the new electoral reforms and implementation of the M.S. Swaminathan Committee report to address the agrarian crisis in the country.

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“The governments are meant for the public and it is government’s responsibility to provide the best service to its people,” he said.

Anna Hazare raised his voice against corruption and went ahead with his hunger strike at the Jantar Mantar in New Delhi.
Anna Hazare has also raised his voice against corruption and went ahead with his hunger strike at the Jantar Mantar in New Delhi earlier. Wikimedia Commons

Hazare launched his agitation in support of his demands at the Ramlila Maidan here on March 23. Earlier, he had launched a movement against corruption in 2011. IANS

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