Steel PSUs to set up 150 relief camps in flood-hit Bihar: Paswan

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New Delhi, Sept 1 (UNI) Public Sector Undertakings under the Ministry of Steel have decided to set up 150 relief camps in the flood-hit districts of Bihar.

According to an official release issued here today, 25 camps will be set up in each of the six worst affected districts. The relief camps will be operational from September 4.

Announcing this decision, Steel Minister Ram Vilas Paswan said here today the unprecedented floods caused by the river Kosi has brought untold misery to over 2.5 million people in Bihar.

The floods have rendered lakhs of people homeless and without food and basic amenities, he added.

The Prime Minister, who visited the State, has already declared it as a ''national calamity''.

The PSUs include SAIL, RINL, NMDC, MOIL, MSTC, FSNL, MECON, BRL, SIIL, HSCL, KIOCL and Bird Group of Companies.

After his meeting with the CMDs of these PSUs, Mr Paswan said they have decided to set up one health camp in each of the six districts, which will provide medical assistance and medicines.

The doctors of the same will be provided by the steel PSUs from their own hospitals.

They will also distributes 10 lakh pieces of clothing comprising dhoti, lungi, saree, shirts and ladies dresses.

The Bihar government has made a request for provision of 20 lakh GI Sheets and 40 lakh feet of pipes.

The Ministry of Steel will ensure priority delivery of this material to the State and the entire relief activity will be coordinated at the level of a senior official in the Ministry, Mr Paswan said.

Incidently, Mr Paswan is elected to Lok Sabha from the Hajipur Parliamentary constituency of Bihar eight times since 1977 and lost this seat once in 1984.

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