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Press Trust of India Guwahati
Assam government has decided to to start a grant programme for permanent repair of properties like roads and embankments damaged by floods this year, the Assembly was informed on Wednesday.
The Flood Damage Repairing Grant will be given to the affected districts in addition to the State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF), Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said.
In the case of SDRF, the central and the state governments share 90 and 10 per cent respectively to repair only the damaged part of a property.
But the Grant will be used to repair the weak parts around the damaged area of a property so that the entire structure becomes stronger and does not lead to fresh damage, the minister said.
The Grant will come from the state exchequer, he said.
The water resources department will be allocated Rs 500 crore, the minister said.
Of this amount, Rs 200 crore will be given initially and Rs 300 crore will be provided within March next year.
The current wave of flood has damaged 32 embankments across the state, he added.
The public works department has been allocated Rs 300 crore to repair roads and bridges damaged by the flood water.
The health and family welfare and power departments have been allocated Rs 40 crore each, the agriculture department Rs 35 crore, the public health and engineering department Rs 30 crore and the social welfare department Rs four crore.
Sarma said the deputy commissioners will be directed to provide immediate relief to genuine people who have faced property losses in the current flood.
The minister placed the supplementary demand of Rs 7580.51 crore before the House for its approval.

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First Published: Jul 31 2019 | 8:05 PM IST

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