Meghalaya ministers to contribute for Garo Hills flood-hit
All the 12 Cabinet ministers in Meghalaya have decided to contribute to the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund in view of the flood in the Garo Hills region.
The decision was taken after a Cabinet meeting here today. Home Minister James Sangma said all the Cabinet ministers “voluntarily” agreed to make the contributions.
Sangma said since the decision was voluntary, no fixed amount has been earmarked for the contributions. In earlier cases, the ministers contributed one month’s salary to the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund.
The flood in the Garo Hills region, especially in the plain belt, has affected over 25,000 people and three people have lost their lives so far. The South West Garo Hills district has been the worst affected.
The district administration has set up relief camps where over 15,000 people are taking shelter. Areas like Mahendraganj, Kalichar, Zikzag have been hit by the deluge.
Moreover, several areas of Phulbari and Rajabala have been inundated. Rajabala, which sits on the banks of Jinjiram (a tributary of Brahmaputra) is also flooded.
Efforts are being made to provide assistance like shelter, food and drinking water to the people affected by the flood.
Sangma said the contributions of the ministers and the Government’s efforts would not suffice, but the contribution of the citizens is also required at this moment to provide assistance to the flood-affected people.
The Home Minister urged upon the citizens to donate generously to the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund.
Earlier, Chief Minister Conrad Sangma made an appeal to the citizens to make contributions to the relief fund.
“Garo Hills is affected by the worst floods this year that have disabled the lives and livelihoods of people residing in the flood-stricken plains. I urge the people of Meghalaya and the country to come together and support our Garo people by donating towards the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund,” Sangma said in his appeal.
The Home Minister also said that the State Government has sought assistance from the Centre to provide help to the flood-affected people of Garo Hills.
In a separate Cabinet decision, it was approved to revise the financial sanctioning powers of officers under the General Administration Department to Rs 2 lakh.
Source: The Assam Tribune