The heavy rains during the last few days has resulted in landslides, floods, destruction of hundreds of homes and death in Kerala. This is unprecedented. The rain fury continues. Many towns are flooded. The government has been compelled to raise the shutters of the many dams in the state further flooding many parts of the state. The government, the political parties and the people are jointly making all efforts to save the lives, giving relief to the affected people, shifting them etc. Food is supplied. Thousands are in the relief camps. The rain may continue for two days more according to the experts. The state has never seen such fury of the floods.
Ravi Shankar Prasad, Communications Minister stated in Parliament that in view of the heavy rains in Chennai, BSNL will provide free calls for one week and no lines will be disconnected.
BSNL is once again in the forefront to support the people in distress. BSNL comrades are also in the front for relief operations.
We congratulates BSNL and our comrades in Chennai and T.Nadu for their humanitarian efforts.
Reports coming from Kashmir indicates the danger of another flood. Continuous rain yesterday has resulted in much water reaching River Jhelum and the lake. Many roads are under water. We hope that the rain will stop and the danger will recede. We are in contact with our comrades in Srinagar.
The tragedy befallen in Uttarakhand and HP due to the floods, deluge, landslides, cloud bursts has taken hundreds of lives and thousands are still stranded despite the valiant efforts of the Military to evacuate them. Loss due to devastation of houses, properties, destruction of roads etc. are beyond imagination.
All these require huge funds. it will not be possible by the government alone to meet all this. Generous donations/assistance from one and all are required to restore normalcy in the hilly regions.
In addition to working 24 hours to restore communication services in the hills where the system stands cut off, BSNL Employees also have to help financially. BSNL Employees union has called upon the employees to donate at the rate of Rs.200 to the disaster fund. BSNLEU has written to the management to deduct the amount from the salary.
All India BSNL Pensioners Association (AIBDPA) has called upon the pensioners for liberal donations,not less than Rs. 100/- immediately to the CHQ, which will be handed over to the Prime minister’s Relief Fund or any other Fund constituted by the government for this purpose.
Let us donate liberally to help our brethren is distress.
The unprecedented floods and landslides in Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh has taken a heavy toll of precious lives of the locals as well as the tourists. Though the bodies so far received are about 150 or so, the latest reports indicate that the toll may be more than thousand or further more. The Army as well as the common people are trying their best to evacuate the stranded people from the devastated area. My salute to those Jawans and others who are putting all efforts to save human lives even at the cost of their own lives.
it is not the time to examine all the issues connected with this catastrophe. It is the time to rescue the people, ensure that the stranded people gets food and shelter,restore the confidence among people, restore the communications etc.
However, it will not be out-of-place to mention one thing. While this is a natural calamity, it is also true that this could have been averted or at least intensity reduced if the government was careful about the construction of large number of dams, and innumerable constructions without considering the eco-problems,despite serious warnings by the eco-experts and the concerned ministry in the government. I am sure that this aspect will be seriously considered by the government at least after the immediate concerns are attended to.
Ignoring them will be only at the peril of further such catasrophies.
The heavy rain and floods in the hilly states of Utharakhand, H.P. etc has caused unprecedented loss of lives of hundreds of local people as tourists who have come to visit the holy shrines at Vaishno Devi, Kedarnath, Badrinath and other places. Hundreds of houses have been destroyed and thousands of people have to stay in temporary camps. Thousands of people who have come from outside are stranded. The tragedy is beyond imagination.
All our sympathies are with the people of these states whose suffering continues. Many of the BSNL families might also have been affected, though we do not have the information.
All support to the suffering people have to be extended by all. It is also reported that in many places the communications system has failed. It is our duty to restore the same at the earliest so that information could be passed. The BSNL Management has to take immediate action to restore communications. The workers are prepared to put all their efforts in this connection. The Forum has given call to all the unions to extend all help in this matter.