Kokrajhar: Noting that there were "initial difficulties" in controlling the violence in Assam's Bodoland Territorial Administered Districts (BTAD) and Dhubri districts, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Saturday said both the Centre and state government would take measures to normalise the situation and provide a healing touch to victims.

The Prime Minister Manmohan Singh announced Rs.300 crore assistance for relief and rehabilitation measures for the violence-affected areas of Assam.

Addressing a press conference at the Circuit House in Kokrajhar after visiting two relief camps located near the town, the Prime Minister announced a special central assistance of Rs.100 crore as immediate relief and another Rs.100 crore under special plan assistance for development of the violence-affected areas.

Manmohan Singh also assured another additional amount of Rs.100 crore under the Indira Awas Yojana (IAY) scheme to the affected people. He also announced an ex-gratia payment of Rs.2 lakh from the Prime Minister's National Relief Fund to the kin of those people who had lost their lives in the violence.

The injured persons will also be paid Rs.50,000 to Rs.30,000 depending on the nature of their injury. The week-long communal violence in the Bodo areas of the state has till now claimed the lives of 45 people and a estimated 2.5 lakh people have been rendered homeless.

"What has happened is very sad. I share your grief and all of us are with you in this hour of your suffering," the Prime Minister told reporters at a relief camp at the Kokrajhar Commerce College after meeting refugees.    

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Asked what led to the trouble, the Prime Minister said, "The issue is very complex and when peace returns we will analyse it." He said, "We are all Indians and we must remain united. This is not the time to make allegations and counter-allegations. We all have to live together." he said.
"Our top priority is to restore peace and we will provide all necessary facilities to the affected people," he added. The Prime Minister's visit to Kokrajhar was delayed for more than two hours after his helicopter, along with that of the two others, had to return to Guwahati due to technical problem. He later left in an IAF one.
The Prime Minister was accompanied by Governor Janaki Ballav Patnaik, Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, AICC General Secretary Digvijay Singh and APCC President Bhubaneswar Kalita.
Though the Prime Minister was scheduled to visit two relief camps he could visit only one, because of delay in arrival.


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