PM announces Rs 300 core relief for victims of Assam violence
Prabin KalitaPrabin Kalita, TNN | Jul 29, 2012, 04.01AM IST
KOKRAJHAR: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Saturday announced a Rs 300-crore special central assistance for relief and rehabilitation of people affected and displaced in the four riot-hit districts of Bodoland after visiting two relief camps near Kokrajhar.
The PM said he would also order a probe into the trigger for the ethnic and communal clashes. "We must also address the causes of the conflict. If the conflict has been instigated, the guilty must be punished. I will order an inquiry and the Centre will work closely with the state," he said.
The PM visited two relief camps in the vicinity of Kokrajhar town — one housing Muslims and the other having Bodo inmates. "I am very sad," he said, after visiting the relief camp at Bhotgaon. He added, "It will take a few days to restore complete normalcy. This conflict iss desh ke mathe par kalangk (a blot on nation)."
The situation in the four worst-hit districts of Kokrajhar, Chirang, Bongaigaon and Dhubri remained calm for the third day on Saturday but the tension was as high after eight more bodies were recovered. The death toll now at 53 in the violence that erupted on July 20. The number of inmates in the 270 relief camps has also increased to four lakhs on Saturday. The assistance package includes Rs 100 crore for relief and rehabilitation efforts, another Rs 100 crore as special plan assistance for development in the affected areas and Rs 100 crore more under Indira Awas Yojana.
Singh also announced Rs 2 lakh for families of those who died in the violence and Rs 50,000 to those injured from the PM's National Relief Fund. He said Rs 30,000 would be given to rebuild houses that have been completely damaged and Rs 20,000 for the partially damaged ones.