Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Haryana will stand by Bihar during any crisis: Hooda

Saharsa (Bihar): Assuring the people of Bihar to stand by them during any crisis, Haryana Chief
Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Monday announced that he would donate Rs five crore from the CM's relief fund for rehabilitation of flood-hit victims in Bihar. "Haryana will continue to stand like a rock for helping Bihar in the hours of any crisis," Hooda said while jointly inaugurating rehabilitation projects in Shahpur-Mushari village under Sonebersa block, about 12 km from here.

The Haryana government has constructed 223 houses with toilets and drinking water facilities, a community centre, a large stretch of road and installed some solar lights in the village, which was one of the worst affected areas in the last year's Kosi floods. While talking about cordial relations between both the states, Hooda said his state was progressing day-by-day due to the Biharis working there.

"As soon as I came to know about the devastation caused by the floods in Bihar, I felt the need for reaching out help and formed a committee led by Sonepat divisional commissioner Ajit Joshi in carrying out relief operations here," he said. Praising Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar for the relief work carried out by the state government, Hooda said: "Nitish's work is being acclaimed across the country".Lakhs of people in Bihar's Kosi belt were rendered homeless and around one hundred persons lost their lives because of the floods that occurred after river Kosi charted out its new course by breaching its embankment at Kusaha in down Nepal in 2008.

After jointly inaugurating the projects, Kumar expressed his gratitude towards the Haryana government and its Sonepat district administration for adopting the flood-ravaged village in Saharsa. Bihar officials had also worked in coordination with Sonepat district administration for the relief work.