Monday, September 01, 2008

Sikkim announces Rs.1 crore aid for Bihar floods

Sikkim Express

Council of Ministers to contribute 1 month’s salary each

GANGTOK, August 31:
Sikkim government has decided to contribute an aid of Rs.1 crore to relief and rehabilitation works of those affected by the massive floods at Bihar.
This decision was reached during a Cabinet meeting held yesterday where deep and heartfelt sympathies towards all the families of those who have lost their lives, properties and homes was recorded on behalf of Sikkimese people and the State government.
The Cabinet, which observed two minutes’ silence in memory of those who lost their lives during the floods has also decided to contribute an amount of Rs.1 crore on behalf of the people and Government of Sikkim towards the relief and rehabilitation of those affected by this tragic catastrophe, informs a press release from the Chief Minster’s Office.
In addition to this aid, members of the Council of Ministers have also volunteered to contribute their one month’s salary towards to this cause.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Pawan Chamling has expressed his deep shock and anguish over the loss of so many lives and properties in the unprecedented flood that has taken in Bihar which also rendered lakhs of people homeless.
As rightly pointed by the Prime Minister that this was a national calamity, the Chief Minister said that at this tragic hour the people of Sikkim fully share the grief and sorrow of the family of all those affected by the flood, states the release.

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