New agency to revive flood-hit Uttarakhand: Bahuguna

Dehradun, July 1 (IANS) Announcing measures for the revival of Uttarakhand after last month's devastating flood, Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna Monday said a new agency will be created for the task.

"An Uttarakhand rehabilitation and reconstruction authority will be established to decide planning and development of the state," Bahuguna said addressing a press conference here.

He said the government would be providing free rations to all those affected by the flood and villages which have been cut-off due to roads being washed away will receive supplies for a month.

He also thanked Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress president Sonia Gandhi for "staying in touch with us and promising all assistance from the Centre".