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Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal handing over an ex-gratia cheque to the next of kin of a flood victim in Goalpara on Tuesday. Image credit - Northeast Now

Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Tuesday visited the flood affected Goalpara district and interacted with inmates of three relief camps at Goalpara town.

The CM first inspected different flood affected areas under Dudhnoi constituency including a washed away PWD road from Dighali Part III to Jogirbori near Dhupdhara.

Padmananda Choudhury, executive engineer, apprised the chief minister of the rural roads damaged in the district.

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Later, Sonowal visited the relief camps set up by the district administration at Chandaria Pathar ME School, Madrassa High School and Joytun Nesa High School of the town.

He assured of providing money for repairing the schools and houses damaged by floods.

He also said seeds would be provided for agricultural lands.

The inmates expressed their satisfaction before the chief minister over the relief camp management by the district administration.

AK Rasid Alom, MLA; Varnali Deka, deputy commissioner; local BJP leader Gopi Ghose accompanied the chief minister during his visit to the relief camps.

Before leaving to Dispur, Sonowal also held a meeting with the departmental heads of the district at the DC’s conference hall and took stock of the situation.

In the meeting, he handed over an ex-gratia of Rs 4 lakh to the next of kin of two victims, who died after drowning in flood waters.

The CM also instructed the water resources department to check the present condition of the river embankments.

The inland water department was instructed to check the engine boats and not to allow plying without licence.

In the same meeting, about Rs 1.50 lakh, collected from the government employees of the district, was donated to the chief minister’s relief fund.

Prabir Debnath, a staff member of Goalpara DC office, also donated his one-month salary to the fund.

MLA Dr. Ranoj Pegu also accompanied the chief minister in his journey.

On the other hand, local MLAs Abdur Rasid Mondal, AK Rasid Alom, Dipak Kumar Rabha and Rabha Hasong Autonomous Council’s chief executive member Tankeswar Rabha were also present in the meeting of the chief minister at Goalpara.

Sofikul Ahmed

Sofikul Ahmed is Northeast Now Correspondent in Goalpara. He can be reached at: dull.sofik@gmail.com

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