A Parliamentary committee today met Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and discussed the perennial flood problem of the state to find remedial measures. The nine-member Parliamentary Committee on Subordinate Legislation was led by its chairman Dilip Gandhi and met Sonowal in the state capital.
“The committee members discussed about the state’s perennial flood and erosion problem with the Chief Minister and informed him that they will interact with different stakeholders of the state on issues relating to the problem,” an official release said.
Sonowal informed the committee that flood and erosion are long standing issues of the state and have severely affected the state’s economy over the years.
“The problem of flood and erosion is getting worse with every passing year due to rampant felling of tress and siltation of the Brahmaputra and Barak rivers as well as their tributaries,” he added.
The Government is working on to increase the green cover of the state and has launched initiatives for planting 10 crore samplings in the state, Sonowal said.
He also informed the members that a high-level committee has been constituted to study Assam’s flood and erosion problem and it is headed by the Vice Chairman of the NITI Aayog.
The Parliamentary Committee members also shared their views on the flood and erosion problem and appreciated the state government’s efforts to tide over the challenges posed by recurring floods, the release said.