Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday addressed the nation on the recent waves of floods in various parts of the country, including Northeast India.
The prime minister, in his Mann Ki Baat programme, spoke about how floods hit the country and how several agencies and volunteers have been contributing to allay the distress.
“During the floods governmental agencies, Indian Army, National Disaster Response Force, para-military forces, everyone gets down to help others,” Modi said during his radio address ‘Mann Ki Baat’ which is broadcast every last Sunday of the month.
Speaking about floods in the Northeast India, Modi said that the situation is being monitored. “Relief efforts have been undertaken on an extensive scale. Wherever possible, my colleagues in the council of ministers are also personally visiting affected areas. The state governments too are making maximum possible efforts on their part to provide relief to the flood affected people. Social organisations, cultural organizations and common citizens charged with the spirit of service are also making their utmost efforts to help the affected people in this situation. The government, Army personnel, Air Force personnel, NDRF personnel, Paramilitary forces – everybody does his or her best in providing succour to the disaster stricken people,” he said.
The prime minister added that life goes completely topsy-turvy as a result of the floods. “Crops, livestock, infrastructure, roads, electricity, communication links – everything gets affected. In particular, our farmer brethren have to bear a lot of losses because of the damage to their crops and fields. Therefore, we have formulated a scheme for the insurance companies, especially crop insurance companies, to make them more proactive, to ensure quick settlements of claims for farmers. A 24×7 control room helpline number 1078 is functioning continuously to deal with the flood situation. People are also voicing their difficulties,” he said.