Kedarnath (Uttarakhand), July 1: The Congress MLA from Kedarnath, the pilgrimage in Uttarakhand which has been severely damaged by an unprecedented nature's fury last month, has slammed the state administration for taking the matter casually. A BBC Hindi report has revealed this.
Shaila Rani Rawat said that she had warned the state administration, which is led by her own party, that lives of a minimum of 1,000 people were at risk because of the floods. She had reportedly told the administration about the danger the very second day of the deluge.
According to Rawat, a minimum of 1,200 people have perished in her own district and that her government was giving misleading facts. "It is surprising to see the state government telling lies about the death toll even after so many have perished," the report quoted her saying.
Rawat accused the government officials of not speaking to her and making any effort to help the affected people overcome the tragedy, the report said.
"I went to meet the affected people and their families. They have been left devastated by the loss of the loved ones and property. But the government is carrying on with its lies," the MLA said. She said the total death toll in the unparalleled devastation has crossed 10,000.
Rawat also lashed out at the politicians, saying the latter can never understood the problems on the ground since they just conduct air surveys. She said the government has no action plan or project. The leaders come, hold meetings and depart after making lofty promises.
Raising a serious alarm, Rawat said officials hare never had any emergency meeting awhile top officials are being transferred often. She claimed to have been warning the officials about the looming danger for sometime but none took her seriously.
"I had asked the authorities to alert the army a couple of days prior to the calamity. "Had I been heard, we could have saved quite a few thousands," she said.