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Silchar flood caricature

By Rebati Mohan Sinha, Mumbai

Since my hometown being Silchar, the recent flood situation is creating restlessness in me. It makes me to do phone calls almost every day to know about any development in the situation. I have been reported quite a number of times by Dr. Debendra Kumar Sinha from Green View Nursing Home, Silchar, about the flood situation around Silchar town.

According to him the mostly affected Bishnupriya Manipuri villages are Bhagatpur, Singari, Chincoorie, Dudpatil, Masughat and many more. We had discussed about the relief work to be undertaken by Nikhil Bishnupriya Manipuri Mahasabha. Here, I would like to mention that the relief measures, taken up either by state/central Govt or NGOs is at the moment the focal point of debate, but not a permanent solution (relief). How long a person could survive on relief every year? Some of you may agree with me that about decades ago the floods were very much under control, than, why is the recurrence now?

Here, I would say not only the government but also the public is to blame for the recurrence of floods. In short the corrupt system has to be. I mean people are not at all aware of their own duties, but never loose a chance to point other's guilt. The years old E&D bunds are starving of maintenance not because of fund crunch but of corruption. Whenever the survey starts for fund allocation for the maintenance of the bund, the so called self styled contractors (unemployed village-youths) make a bee line in front of the concerned office for the contract. Had the order given to a person other than the village contractors; then they do not allow work to commence, either by threat or by force. This way, the time elapses and work never starts. And, had the contract been offered in favour of the villagers, then it is much worse, because they will try to bribe the officials on the pretext that the work has been completed, without doing anything or doing little.

On the other hand the villagers never report to the authorities about the breaches taking place at various places of the E&D bund, either due to wear and tear of time or men-made i.e., slicing the surface for smooth movement of vehicles on the bund or more often dig out the bund and carry away the earth for domestic use such as moping the floor (ghor lepanirka).When the man-made breaches are taking place at many places, no one of us feel the necessity to raise a voice against the culprits. But, the truth is that more than 50% of the flood can be prevented if villagers are vigilant.

Why always blame others or wait that somebody will come and save us from the calamity instead of trying to prevent such occurrence?

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