Centre not assisting flood rescue

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Patna, May 12 (UNI) Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar today lamented even after nine months when floods hit North Bihar, the UPA government at the Centre had failed to release funds for relief work carried out in region.

Mr Kumar told reporters here that the state government had sent a roposal of action plan of Rs 11,000 crore to the Centre to provide financial assistance to flood victims and for reconstruction of roads, buildings and other infrastructure damaged in flood fury.

''The Bihar government had also urged the Centre to provide about five lakh tonnes of food grains for distribution among flood victims. But the state government has so far received only 1.11 lakh tonnes of food grains,'' he added.

While some Central Ministers from Bihar had levelled charges against the Bihar government on non-utilisation of Central funds, Mr Kumar said, ''People are aware of all the ground realities and will do justice at the appropriate time.'' UNI KKS-RS LL HS HS1721

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