CM appeals to all to help flood victims
Source: The Sangai Express

Imphal, August 18: Chief Minister O Ibobi has appealed to all the people to come forward and generously contribute their mite to help the flood victims which devastated the State in the last few days.

The Chief Minister made this appeal when the All Manipur Government Untrained Teacher Association donated a sum of Rs 10,101 to the Chief Ministerís Relief Fund at the CMís Secretariat Hall today.

Speaking at the occasion the Chief Minister said that the flood has caused massive losses to the people.

Two children have been killed while large tracts of paddy field have been destroyed.

Many dwelling houses have also been swept away by the flood, he said and added that the State Government has taken up relief operations on a war footing.

Answering queries from the media persons, the Chief Minister said that the Government has received official reports that two children have been killed in the flood.

Government officials have been instructed to give a detailed account of the losses and destruction caused by the flood, he continued.

The Cabinet which is scheduled to meet on Wednesday will discuss the loss and damage inflicted by the flood, he said and added that a crash message has been relayed to the Centre on the flood.

Central assistance would be sought after the Cabinet meets, he added.

Disclosing that there is a sum of Rs 113 lakhs given by the Centre as relief fund, the Chief Minister assured that all possible assistance would be provided to the flood victims.

To yet another question, the CM replied that there is yet no provision that stipulates that the State Government should extend ex-gratia to the family members of those killed in the flood.

However, there is a provision for extending a sum of Rs 5000 as relief help to the victimís family.

The State Cabinet will decide what sort of assistance should be extended to the family members of those killed in the flood, he added.

The Agriculture Department has been asked to study what type of aid should be given for the paddy fields damaged by the flood, said the CM.

experts have also been roped in to study whether it would be possible to plant a high yielding variety of rice from Assam which can be harvested at a short time.