The Chief Secretary of Assam, Shri Vinod Kumar Pipersenia chaired a meeting with the visiting Inter-Ministerial team of Government of India to assess the damage caused by recent floods in Assam, in Guwahati today (July 25, 2017). The team is led by the Joint Secretary of Ministry of Home Affairs Shri V. Shashank Shekhar, Government of India. The seven member team is on a visit to Assam following directions by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi after his meeting with Chief Minister Shri Sarbananda Sonowal on July 18 in New Delhi.
The other members of the team are Shri P.M. Scott, Chief Engineer (B&BBO), Water Resources, CWC, Shillong; Shri B.K. Mishra, Asst. Director (FCD), Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance; Shri Sachin Kumar Gautam, Asst. Executive Engineer (Regional Officer), Road, Transport & Highways, Guwahati; Shri Rakesh Kumar, Asst. Director, Rural Development, National Rural Road Development Agency (NRRDA); Shri Sanjay Kumar, Director (States-NE) Niti Aayog, New Delhi and Dr. A.L. Wagmare, Director (DSD), Agriculture & Cooperation, Department of Sugarcane Development, Lucknow, UP.
The team will conduct an on-the-spot assessment of the flood situation and will be visiting flood affected areas of Biswanath, Lakhimpur, Majuli, Barpeta, Cachar, Hailakandi and Karimganj districts of Assam from 25th July to 28th July 2017. This is the first time that an Inter-Ministerial Central team is visiting the state in the midst of flood period to assess the damage which signifies the urgent follow up action taken by the Government of India.
Chairing the meeting, Shri Vinod Kumar Pipersenia apprised the team about the pro-active measures taken by the State Government to minimize suffering of the flood affected. The Commissioner & Secretary, Revenue Shri Rajesh Prasad gave an overview of the present flood scenario and resultant damages in the meeting.