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Assam CM meets Central Ministers, Lt. Governor in New Delhi

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Guwahati, July 15: Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma met Union Minister for Environment, Forest & Climate Change, Bhupender Yadav, at his official residence on Saturday and sought his help for procuring one crore quality saplings for plantation in Assam under PM’s LiFE Mission.

The Union Minister assured the Assam Chief Minister that he would help to rope in experts from Dehradun in the next two-three days for assisting the Government of Assam for plantation of one crore saplings under PM’s LiFE Mission.

The Chief Minister said the state government has floated national tender for the purpose of obtaining 1 crore saplings for the massive plantation drive in the state.

Sarma also met Union Home Minister Amit Shah at his official residence on Friday evening and apprised him about the flood situation in the state and the slew of relief and rehabilitation measures adopted by the state government to tackle the situation.

The Chief Minister thanked the Union Home Minister for releasing Rs.340 crore SDRF for Assam.

The Chief Minister said that urban flooding is a phenomenon in metropolitan cities and Guwahati is no exception.

He said efforts are on to channelise excess water from the Brahmaputra river into wetlands and this has been done in the case of Deepor Beel as per suggestion of Union Home Minister, and to build road cum embankments to tackle floods in the state.

“We have taken up some flood mitigation projects in the state,” he said.

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Sarma also met Lieutenant Governor of Delhi, VK Saxena, at his official residence on Friday and sought help to find a suitable location for setting up a mega Cultural Complex in the national capital. The Chief Minister further complimented the efforts of the Lieutenant Governor for transforming Delhi despite challenging circumstances.

“Absolute delight meeting Lt Governor of Delhi VK Saxena ji. Got a lot to learn from his vast experience and his efforts to transform Delhi despite challenging circumstances,” Sarma stated in his tweet.

On the delimitation exercise, the chief minister said there is no opposition to the exercise and only some issues cropped up relating to redrawing and renaming of Assembly and Parliamentary constituencies, and all this can be taken up during the forthcoming visit of the Election Commission of India.

He informed that the state government has submitted a list of constituencies to the EC following grievances for making necessary modifications. “The issues that have surfaced following the draft delimitation will be 99 per cent resolved if they are placed before the Election Commission,” he added.

The Chief Minister further ruled out the possibility of a reshuffle of the state cabinet prior to the 2024 Parliamentary elections.

However, he was quick to add that a major rejig will take place before the Assembly elections.

He also visited Noida in the evening to oversee the construction work on the Bir Lachit Barphukan statue.

Also Read: Flood situation worsens, red alert issued for Sikkim, north Bengal

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