Dimapur/Guwahati, August 7: Murmurs of protest are being heard against Nagaland Governor PB Acharya’s appeal to school students to contribute an amount of 5 rupees for flood relief within the next 48 hours. The governor made the appeal in his address at an event held to felicitate winners of the Rajya Puraskar of the Bharat Scouts and Guides, sources said.
Locals took to social media to criticise the appeal with some alleging that the scholarship money which the Nagaland Government is supposed to give it’s students remains pending since a long time and expressed shock at the Governor asking them to contribute to the fund for flood relief.
Earlier, the Governor had announced a contribution of Rs One Lakh from his salary towards the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund in aid of flood affected people in Nagaland. He had also appealed to the people of the state to donate generously towards the fund; stand in solidarity with the affected people; and be part of the effort to support them in this hour of crisis, through a PR.
Almost 400 villages have been affected by the ongoing floods with conditions detriorating rapidly across Nagaland. Reports say 6 people have lost their lives in the floods so far. Kiphire district has been the worst affected and a number of families have been displaced across Kohima, Wokha and Zunheboto districts.
Road Communication to a number of places has been cut off owing to the floods, therefore food and essential commodities are being airdropped at the hard to reach places, say reports.
Inputs: Ben Andrew Longkumer