Barak and its tributaries flowing below danger mark

SILCHAR, July 25: According to information from Water Resource Department (WRD), the water level of Barak Valley is flowing below the danger level. Though there is a rain forecast the water level is presently static at 19.82 cm. If it rains further the level may increase to 19.91 cm. There was a mild drizzle throughout the last night. The overall situation across Cachar is normal. The water level of river Barak at Sonabarighat, Uttar Krishnapur, Tanderkandi, Chandpur, Hatikhal, Jhulanpul Dholai and other flood prone areas is stagnant at present, the WRD confirms. The water level of all the tributaries of Barak in Hailakandi and Karimganj is also stated to be below red mark. (Source: SentinelAssam)

River Water Level at 6 PM Saturday July 2015

Flood situation turning grim in Barak Valley

Silchar, July 24: The flood situation in Barak Valley has become grim due to incessant rains over the last 24 hours. The rising water level of the river Barak has swept across the embankment at Raipur flooding many areas including Uttar Krrishnapur GP, Kumarpara, Vairobnagar, Rajnagar GP and other interior areas. A total of 15 villages have been submerged due to the collapse of Raipur embankment.
Despite funds allocated for construction and repair of embankments, there has not been much improvement in this regard. Speaking on the issue, A Hussain Laskar, the executive engineer of Water Resource Department, said that though Rs.1.9 crore was sanctioned under CRF fund in 2010-11 for repairing the embankment and also to prevent river erosion, but no work could be started because of political interference. Finally, an allotment of Rs.50,46,000 lakh was sanctioned in the present financial year under MGNREGA scheme but the work on the embankment is yet to begin.
At present there is a serious staff crunch at the Water Resource Department with only 2 SDOs, 1 assistant engineer, 4 junior engineers and 3 sub-engineers working under the executive engineer in the district. Moreover, some of the staff have been deputed for NRC duties. This has further created problem for the department to meet the emergent situation, pointed out A Hussain Laskar. The water-level of Sonabarighat embankment is also inching towards crossing the danger mark. Uttar Krishnapur, Tonderkandi, Chandpur, Hatikhal, Jhulanpur dholai and adjoining areas have been severely affected.
As the flood situation is turning grim, officers of all ranks in the Water Resource Department are expected to be alert and agile. Quite strangely, assistant SDO, Mazahur Islam, of Sonai division has remained absent from his duty who was on leave to celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr. Taking his absence as grave offence, S Vishwanathan, IAS, Deputy Commissioner Cachar served a show-cause notice on him, asking him to explain the ground of his absence. (Source:SentinelAssam)

Hindu Bengalis at crossroads: Chatra Federation

SILCHAR, July 23: “Hindu Bengalis in the present juncture are caught in a dilemma on the NRC update process. There is no ray of hope for those who are without any valid or legal documents as required by the modalities”, pointed out Kamal Choudhury, general secretary, Sara Assam Bengali Yuva-Chatra Federation, central committee, while addressing a public meeting in Gandhi Bhawan here on Wednesday. He added to say enough safeguards have been provided to the refugees from West Pakistan migrating to Gujarat and Rajasthan. The Atal Bihari Vajpayee Government enacted an Act for their protection, giving them the status of Indian citizens. It could be possible because both the state governments were led by BJP.
The Hindu Bengali refugees, Choudhury said, supported BJP wholeheartedly in the last Parliamentary elections, enabling the Party to win 7 seats. It was with the expectations that with the coming to power of NDA Government led by Narendra Modi similar Act would be passed in the Parliament to protect the Hindu Bengali refugees of Assam. During his pre election public meetings in three important places of the state, Narendra Modi gave assurance of moving the Parliament for the protection of Hindu Bengalis.
Khagen Baishya, central committee president, who presided over the meeting, said more than a year has passed, but there is no move by the Centre to take steps for the protection of Hindu Bengalis. There has been no solution to ‘D’ voters as promised. Yuva- Chatra Federation has been fighting for the issue for the last 30 years. One of the reasons why no safeguard could be provided or the solution to ‘D’ voters, he stated the Congress led government of Assam would never like to take a decision that would antagonize the religious minority.
Amit Shah during his conclave with BJP MPs and MLAs as well as leaders at Guwahati gave another assurance if his party comes to power, not only issue of ‘D’ voters will be solved but the passage for suitable Act will also be facilitated. In fact, if assurances after assurance continue to come, what will be the ultimate solution, Khagen Baishya asked? Others who addressed the public meet included Karanendu Bhattacharjee, Cachar district Congress president, Bokul Malakar, zonal president of South Assam, Gopal Ghosh, zonal president of BTAD, and Arabinda Das, Cachar district president. (Source:SentinelAssam)

Citizen group hails SC interim judgement 'with reservation'

SILCHAR, July 23: The interim judgement of the Supreme Court of India covering the enlistment of the names of residents of other states, simplification of the modalities for the tea tribe people and formation of the three member committee to look into the complexities of the update process and give importance to the consideration of birth linkage, according to Nagarikatwa Suraksha Sangram Committee (NSSC) of Barak Valley is a victory of the people’s movement.
This judgement, indeed, is a protection of the rights of people who have been groping in darkness and uncertainty due to the intricate process of updating NRC. NSSC at the same time cannot understand the directive to include the names of indigenous or khilinjia or son of the soil without any documents or certificates to establish the credential as citizens. It is according to the Sangram Committee in contravention of the provisions of the Constitution to treat all Indians as equal in the eye of law.
The Sangram Committee also considers the interring judgement not only against the spirit of the Constitution but is also the standing laws of the land. Moreover, the issue of ‘D’ voters has not been yet addressed. Nor has it been forcefully argued before any Court of Law. The civic body has expressed its deep resentment in this regard against the state and the Central Government. The problem of ‘D’ voters involving lakhs of citizens has been hanging fire for years.
Sangram Committee in view of the developments has stressed that those who have no documents as sought for in the modalities, but are bonafide Indian citizens should be enlisted in the NRC update on the basis of the legally approved circumstantial evidence as well as Indian Evidence Act. It is really unfortunate that this important legally accepted provision has not come under the purview of the Supreme Court. Equally unfortunate is the indifferent attitude adopted by the Centre and the State of Assam towards the linguistic and religious minorities when their very existence is at stake.
Calling the often repeated sympathy for the Hindu Bengali refugees by the NDA Government as a mere hoax and cosmetic, Sangram Committee demands that the Centre should have got relevant Act passed in the Parliament for the protection of these unfortunate victims of partition. It has been further exposed because the NDA Government is not going to introduce any Bill during the monsoon session of Parliament on the issue of refugees.
Sangram Committee brought out a public rally with banners and play cards which highlighted how the bonafide Indian citizens are being harassed by branding them as foreigners, serving of notices by police indiscriminately on them in the name of Bangladeshis, harassment of people on mere suspicion. All these should stop. No one will grudge in the event of a Bangladeshi or foreigner intruding into Indian territory is brought on trial with clinching evidence. Witch-hunting in all forms has to stop. (Source:SentinelAssam)

Landslide gouged out part of the Barak river bank at at Lakhipur Khunaw Keithal Macha

A giant landslide gouged out part of the Barak river bank at Lakhipur Khunaw Keithal Macha under Lakhipur Sub-division and uprooted a large banyan tree along with a Temple following a heavy rain on 21st July 2015 midnight.

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