Centre approves spcial package for flood control in Bihar:Soz

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Aurangabad, Mar 8 (UNI)Union water resources minister Saifuddin Soz today said the Centre had prepared an ambitious plan worth Rs 1395 crores for flood control measures in Bihar.

Addressing a minorities conference here, Mr Soz said that Centre had sanctioned Rs 792 crores for checking the flood fury of Bagmati river while Rs 603 crores had been allocated to check the flood menace from Mahananda river.

''Most of the rivers wrecking havoc during rainy season in north Bihar originate from Nepal and Centre is negotiating with the government of that country to find out a lasting solution to the recurrent problem of flood,'' he said adding that a separate office had been opened in Kathmandu to expedite the process in this regard.

''Union Human Resources Development Ministry and Minority affairs ministry in consultation with Prime Minister Office(PMO) are finalising the modalities for implementation of the recommendation of the Sacchar committee,'' he said adding the Centre had decided to grant scholarship to 20,000 students of minority community in 20 states including Bihar, Orissa, Karnataka and West Bengal.

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