Guwahati: Assam government will offer financial assistance of Rs 1 crore to Uttarakhand for relief and healing of its flood-hit people.
A decision to this effect was taken by CM Tarun Gogoi and conveyed to his Uttarakhand counterpart Vijay Bahuguna, official sources said.
It has been also decided that Assam ministers, MLAs of the ruling Congress and parliamentary secretaries would donate one month’s salary for the cause.
In the meantime, five pilgrims from Assam, all of them women, have been evacuated from Uttarakhand by helicopter. With this 12 pilgrims from the state have been airlifted to safety.
Assam Finance Commissioner and Secretary R C Joshi, who is camping in Dehradun is closely monitoring the situation and liasoning with the Uttarakhand administration to ensure evacuation of the pilgrims.
The state government has opened help lines and appointed superintendent of police, SB (Z) Sudhakar Singh as nodal officer to communicate with Uttarakhand administration and the relatives of the stranded pilgrims, the sources added.