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AASU seeks flood solution

Guwahati, May 24: The All Assam Student’s Union (AASU) today asked the Tarun Gogoi government to engage international experts to solve the perennial flood problem which has been ravaging the state for years.

“The government should take all steps and even engage international experts, if necessary, to devise a permanent solution to the problem,” AASU president Shankar Prasad Rai said at a news conference today.

The union asked the state government what steps it had taken since Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had declared floods as a national problem in 2005.

“No permanent solution has been found to solve the flood problem in the state despite Prime Minister Manmohan Singh declaring it a national problem,” the AASU top brass said, taking a dig at the Assam government.

“We know the chief minister will not have any answers to it, but we would like to have an answer from him tomorrow,” Rai said. The Tarun Gogoi government celebrates two years in office tomorrow.

The union wondered why the government takes up flood protection work only during the rainy season.

The union said Brahmaputra Board has still not been revamped despite of a number of assurances. AASU adviser Samujjal Bhattacharyya said even minimum repair works have not been carried out.

AASU will also form a human chain at Digboi in Tinsukia district on May 28 to protest the move to merge Assam Oil Division with the Indian Oil Corporation.

“One can only wonder what will happen when the waters of the Brahmaputra will rise,” he said. “It is shocking to see that flood and erosion-affected people are still living on national highways and in some places in Morigaon district, they are staying at cremation grounds,” Bhattacharyya said.

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