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Punjab seeks Centre's help to counter floods

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Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Monday sought a comprehensive mechanism from the Centre to check recurrence of floods, which was causing the state to suffer damage to the tune of crores of rupees every year.

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New Delhi: Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Monday sought a comprehensive mechanism from the Centre to check recurrence of floods, which was causing the state to suffer damage to the tune of crores of rupees every year.

The Chief Minister called on Union Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat here to raise the issue and put the onus of devising a method to prevent floods on the Central government.

Addressing the media after the meeting, Amarinder Singh said he had apprised the Union Minister of the ravages caused by the floods to the state, which was not in a position to bear the losses year after year.

He said he had suggested to the Union Minister various measures like de-silting, and creation of water reservoirs.

"It is now up to the ministry to find ways and means to avert such crisis in the future," he added.

His government's top priority in the wake of the recent floods was to save lives, said the Chief Minister, expressing concern over the fact that many of the state's villages were submerged in water with more than 1.72 lakh acres of crop damaged and more besides 500 houses destroyed, in addition to loss of cattle.

Asked to comment on the Akali Dal charge that his government had failed to provide adequate relief to the flood victims, the Chief Minister said the party should have taken steps during their 10-year rule to build and strengthen the state's infrastructure.

On being asked about SYL hearing in the Supreme Court slated for Tuesday, the Chief Minister said the matter was sub-judice and he could not comment on the same. The issue was not discussed in the meeting, he added.

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