Centre grants Rs 112.65 cr to NE for flood control measures

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Shillong, Dec 14 (UNI) The Centre has provided financial assistance of about Rs 112.65 crores to the North Eastern states for flood control measures during 2007-08, with Meghalaya's share being Rs 2.50 crores, an official statement said today.

The Centre provides technical support to the states through studies and maintains a network of flood forecasting stations. The statement said the assistance was also provided for flood management work in critical reaches, including bank erosion activities, under the Central schemes.

All NE states also received financial aid under the Calamity Relief Fund and the National Contingency Calamity Fund. Activities related to flood management were implemented by the state governments from their own resources, it stated.

The Centre,however, has not yet formulated a 'National Policy on Flood Control'. However, the issues related to flood management were addressed in the National Water Policy, 2002.

UNI

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