PM Modi offered assurance to him, saying immediate and positive action will be taken on his demands, including formulating a national silt management policy, Kumar told reporters after meeting the Prime Minister. He also linked the Modi government's ambitious Namami Gange project with better silt management in Bihar, saying if attention is not paid to the situation, then it will also put a question mark on the programme's success as he feels like "crying" at the condition of Ganga in the state.

"The very serious condition that we see today never occurred earlier. The only way to get rid of this is desiltation. There is a need for national silt management policy," he said.

He urged PM Modi to send a team of experts to assess the "unprecedented" situation in the eastern state while noting that it is the best time to evaluate the conditions there. "The Prime Minister assured me that experts will be sent and a decision on this subject should be taken soon. Immediate and positive action will have to be taken," he said.

The chief minister expressed concern that the situation can only worsen if it is not dealt with effectively and the state will have to face more severe consequences in the coming years. Though Bihar has received 14 per cent less rains than normal during the monsoons, large parts of the state have been flooded due to high rain fall in Nepal besides states like Madhya Pradesh and Jharkhand, leading to huge discharge of water into rivers passing through it.

Nitish Kumar Demands Removal Of Farakka Barrage

Kumar also appeared to blame Farakka barrage for the situation. He has earlier held it responsible for increasing siltage in the Ganga river basin. Due to silt, Ganga could not store the amount of water it used to earlier, leading to flood-like condition despite not receiving proportionate amount of rain fall, he said.

Earlier, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Sunday demanded removal of the Farakka barrage on the Ganga River and formulation of a national silt management policy to protect the state from devastating floods. "It is not possible to protect Bihar from devastating floods without removal of Farakka barrage on the Ganga River," Nitish Kumar told the media here before going for an aerial survey of the flood-affected six districts -- including Patna, where the situation has worsened due to rising water level in the Ganga and its tributaries.

More than 5 lakh people have been affected and over 2 lakh people have reportedly lost their homes in flood-ravaged Bihar. Ganga and its tributaries like Sone are flowing above the danger mark. In Bihar, 16 flood rescue teams of NDRF are deployed. As on August 21, NDRF teams evacuated 3,400 people in Didarganj, 580 in Bakhtiyarpur, 545 in Danapur, 380 in Chhapra, 355 in Vaishali and 15 persons in Maner, officials said.

Flood Victims In Bihar Express Anger
Flood victims on Monday held demonstrations across Bihar, expressing anger and impatience over the quality and quantity of government aid that has so far been provided to them.

With over one million people affected by floods and the situation remaining grim, district officials, particularly block development officers and circle officers, are facing the fury of victims complaining about inadequate relief supplies. Hundreds of flood victims protested against the circle officer of Raghopur in Vaishali district, demanding adequate relief and compensation. Raghopur is not far from Patna and is represented by Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Tejaswi Prasad Yadav in the state Assembly.

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