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BRAMHAPUTRA BOARD WILL BE REVIVED INTO A NEW BOARD ALTOGETHER WITH NEW MANDATE AND SCHEMES-UMA BHARTI

Union Minister for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Sushri Uma Bharati today announced that the Bramhaputra Board will be revived into a new board altogether with new mandate and schemes. The announcement came from the Union Minister while attending the 7 meeting of the High Powered Review Board of Bramhaputra Board held today in Shillong. Sushri Uma Bharati asserted that suggestions and idea for reviving the Board will be taken up from the seven North Eastern states and added that there is a need for new approach to make the board more efficient for the region.

Terming Bramhaputra river as an elder brother, she also said that the ministry has same focus for Bramhaputra river as it has for River Ganga. She said a decision has been taken to constitute a committee for reviving the Board and the committee will suggest necessary steps and measures for reviving the Board. The minister said the Board is not functioning in Assam and therefore a decision has been taken to make the Board more competent and resourceful.

Emphasising that development of the region has to be fast tracked, the minister also advocated that the share of funds between the North East region and Central Government should be on the ratio of 90:10 basis and not 70:30

Meghalaya Chief Minister Dr Mukul Sangma who also attended the meeting said that re-structuring of Board is crucial for the North East region as Bramhaputra river can give a lot of benefits to the people of the region and instances of flood along the mighty river and its tributaries does affect the economy of the people and literally inhabitants are forced to migrate to other areas.

The Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju who was also present in the meeting said that the North East is water abundant region and stressed on the need to manage water for the region. The water resources ministers of North Easter states, officials from Bramhaputra Board and officials were also present during the meeting.

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