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constructed. They sheets which used to be the ceiling inspect our papers and wave us on. she had buried her only Rs 400 for rebuilding each house. we see sand. more than a pots and plates. bamboo poles. for the people here do net A policeman stops our truck. only the long corrugated tin results. twostoreyed mud buildings with wooden balconies and beautifully trimmed straw chala roofs. they only suffer the medical supplies for the Central Stores lapsed. but spread over 12 over the side of the truck and asks and unstable. people were crowding under the shade put it at around 3. a few brass and aluminium seems a pittance. The that. the death toll here of dancing.tting up a shelter on top of In Birbhum after the Floods kurta. It looked much and it is immersion day for Goddess by agricutural labourers. been con. Many had on A youngish man in embroidered silk to the other half of the village and begun pu. But then there are trict headquarters. of perspiration off his brow and says houses of the 'Babus'. huge stretches of Messanjore dam. had spent the next day on top of the the remains of their old dwelling. and now at last. we Trunk Road at Panagarh to take the say. but many of the rubble. on the out. with the waters rising menac. 30. wooden beams. they were on government relief. busy conducting rescue work.on their behalf. An old woman shows districts in one of the most densely about flo6ds. life must go men. The women and week after the waters had left. singing. as we always do. The Pujas are over. philosophically. The point is that much remains to be done and have to be done if the industry is to survive. "and doctors from Calcutta". Mercifully.populated regions of the world. taluka in Krishna district a week after Kalikapur.in the last two decades brought pro. after unprecedented more long-standing reasons for the and suddenly. excess water all at once?" "Of course to the bridge on the River Ajoy had been washed away. the rapidly the incomplett it." stating assault of the rivers on the glistening face.like this. nisations have not yet played an effective role. from seen one. in Suri. rickety tion is the same.000. The approach road crowd parts and we pass through. The is much lower. its own building having col. It away. And it looks as if the burden of giving a new look to the jute trade and industry would have to be borne by the public sector. For. Tapan leans of a newly constructed shelter. We ask about the incongruity valuables.single structure is left standing. only. not a there. Our truck turns off the Grand Food or clothes?" "Medicines".under way into what happened at Tilbazar and move on to Suri. The primary health centre at Kotasur troversies. At 1 . a young auditor. On the para and Hinglow.ingly from the ricefields just below government has now sanctioned upto stated villages and hundreds washed her house. And ness is eerie. "Three generations Partha Chatterjee it took to put up this house. The evening still. tin sheets. jects. We burst the northern embankments across rising river beds. but it could not be much Ajoy had bludgeoned its way through. We approach the procession skirts of the village is ravaged. a gleamingwatch on his wrist. We has shifted to the local high school know how such decisions are made tell him we are a relief team carrying' building.sperity to many in Birbhum. gyrat.the decay of the bridge. but news had reachBlock Mayureshwar II on the north. But these seem academic coninstead. How does it look like in war. remember villages on the banks of the Sainthia and raced along a completely implementation of various river proAjoy.The irrigation project on this river has para?" Official enquiries are now structed and that we could cross Ilam. The devastaand we have to stop. Two others walk up. An elderly man wipes the beads ohildren had taken shelter in the brick villages were a huge pile of earth. lying stupidly on the ground. I had seen Divi At Hetampur we see lights in the roof. the by midnight the embankments are breached! Why did they let out the another vehicle. "Well. the evening before we had waded road to Ilambazar. night of the 27th. 1978 tall coconut trees until the waters receded sufficiently. They are not there any more. a large sprawling village. the Mayurakshi had natural drainage systems. he steps back and waves across the river. The Bauri hamlet. the dis. ed Calcutta that morning that a ern bank of the River Mayurakshi. and no one knew how the had found that it was too late to cross debris would be cleared. The forests end. We are Village after village on the north We turn off the road and down the shown another two-storeyed brick bank of the Mayurakshi. "Only Bengal. Calcutta had perished under a falling worse than this. How else did the dam burst at Tildetour of some sort had. for here there were more imposing houses. All of last week they had eaten at the community kitchen opened by the Byabasayi Samiti at Kotasur. walks up to the truck Except for five brick buildings. unlike in cotton the co-operative orga. and human voices. In raw jute. because there is no road. because we do not pass and shouts at the processionists. everyunsuspecting landscape of southern and asks "What relief have you got? thing else has collapsed. on that after a bombing raid? I have never just a huge yawning chasm where the fateful night.ECONOMIC AND POLITICAL WEEKLY extent of bank credit. The 'Babu' neighbourhood of the prosperous middle peasants presents a WEST BENGAL more stunning picture. and talk animatedly about deva. two miles before the rains and sudden discharge from the floods this time . new course to devastate this region. There are many accusations. the tidal wave had hit coastal Andhra distance. or else sheer perversity.carefully trimmed moustache on a another three to build it back again. December 9. glistening in the moonlight. screaming. It'll take IT is twelve days after the final deva.Respectfully. official estimates now ing men and women blocking the road. there is only sand.it's negligence. co-operative bank and where. freshly building which used to house a local story. They point this way and us how. and music and drums. the of a Puja celebration at a time like this.000 had perished Durga. populated mainly in November last year. his produce and the rate of disposal with the corresponding prices. it's the same embankment along the detour.
and there was no putrid odour in the air." The old man. In a calamity. Bauri and other landless men and women dig and carry. Village Thiba is on the edge of a large stretch of low-lands that used to be a lake perhaps only a few decades )ago.Ed. Tanmil Nadu (Personnel and Administrative Reforms Department). davp 561 (186)/78 2002 . 2. PWD contractors have engaged workers to repair the vital road links. This time the water had stayed for almost a week . Experts wishing to be enrolled in the Foreign Assignment panel may obtain the necessary forms from the Foreign Assignment Section.e. Santal. we'll get by this year. ten days? What happens after that? They go back to their old ways. for the rainwaters accumulate every year in the ricefields. Then too it had rained continuously for three days. How can you do without rich people?" A younger man argues with him. they want to use this disaster to regain their popularity . and patches where the crop could be seen flattened completely into the hard layer of fresh clay. Uttar Pradesh (Karmik Anubhag). MINISTRY OF HOME AFFAIRS DEPARTMENT OF PERSONNEL AND ADMINISTRATIVE REFORMS ASSIGNMENTS OF INDIAN EXPERTS. 8. rotten stalks.it's just clever politics. dump and beat back into existence a road where now there are only craters. for a period of two to three years. Outside flood-ravaged Beluti village. and it seems incredible thlat The cattle population had been halved. a clever ploy. Local political rivalries seem to surface.December 9. but is now a twisted.7. misshapen coil of hard clay stretched across the fields where a ripe golden crop had stood only a few weeks ago and where now there were marshy puddles. "How long would the rich feed you? Seven days. But they won't feed you for life. Teachers in different subjects holding B. * ECONOMIC AND POLITICAL WEEKLY this innocuous river had in one sudden assault devastated miles on both its banks. organised by the Congress (I) MLA of Suri and financed by the big rice-mill owners of Sainthia. We hear a complaint that while the Byabasayi Samiti gruel kitchen. the rains are just right and the yields are rich. Himachal Pradesh (Karmik Vibhag) and Tripura (Appointment and Services Department). a cow and a calf were still lying under the ruins of a house over which the family had begun to live again. Forms can also be similarly obtained from the Governments of Andhra Pradesh (General) Administration Department. 1363. 3. it's only they who have the means to save the poor. had fed them rice. upturned. so well were the bodies buried. he's a good man. and the Kuye had overflown its embankments. The crops are always uncertain. unconvinced. stamped (60 paise) envelope size 10 x 22 Cms. Public Sector Undertakings. 1975 should apply afresh.and the walls had started to collapse on the third day. the women busily herding together their reluctant children. but every three or four years. Registrations are valid for a period of three years. Applications from persons employed by the Central or State Governments. He too has lost everything. Applications of persons registered earlier will also not be considered after they attain the age of 60 years. Statisticians. Medical Personnel holding at least the qualifications of MBBS or equivalent. although tensions do not rise very much. the worst in living memory. Chartered Cost Accountants. Universities and Quasi GovernmentalOrganisations should be supported by a certificate from the employer that the applicant will be released for service abroad on foreign service terms in public interest (i. but he's no different from us. But we're survived. Persons with less than three years' professional experience after obtaining the requisite qualifications need not apply. This is just a ruse. Persons who attained the age of 60 years need not apply. How is he going to feed us? You youngsters are hot-headed and stupid. the CPI (M) was only giving niilo. Applications for registration are invited from :1. The people here are used to floods. Candidates who are so registered are sponsored as and when demands suited to their qualifications and experience are received from foreign governments. retaining the applicant's lien and protecting his seniority) within thirty days of selection if need be and also stating the total period for which the applicant could be released for service abroad. "If the winter crop succeeds. Engineering and other technical personnel holding at least bachelor's degree or equivalent. But people had taken out the huge iron pans in which the sugarcane juice is boiled to make gur. It is an 8-mile trek from Kirnahar along what used to be a bus route. An old man says of the local CPI(M) anchal panchayat president. and there are recriminations. we talk. now a placid stream hardly twenty yards across. But there was not this mad rush of water. Haryana (Political Department). getting government help to procure seeds for a quick ploughing and planting for a winter crop. 4. shakes his head. degree or equivalent. Department of Personnel and Administrative Reforms. But this flood was unprecedented. 10 feet inside their homes . It's only at. The young men here were talking of pooling together the cattle stock. Economists and other possessing qualification equivalent at least to a bachelor's degree and experience of a specialised nature. Let's see what happens now". We are told about the floods 22 years ago almost to a day. Candidates registered prior to 1st September. a time like this that one realises that rich people too are needed in the country. ABROAD The Department of Perso Anel and Administrative Reforms registers experts with educational qualifications of the graduate level and above desiring to take up assignments in the developing countries of Asia. by sending a self-addressed. Persons registered after that date need not apply afresh until the expiry of three years from the date of registration. "Oh. and had raised funds to procure rations for their villages and row them across in the floating karai. Asvin 10. College/University Lecturers and other academic personnel holding post-graduate qualifications. for they know they must take the 'needle'. We cross the Kuye. No one died. The villagers queue up for innoculation. Or else. New Delhi-lO00l. it'll be tough. In between jabs. when their registration will lapse. Africa and Latin America. their faces grave and serious. It's only our government which will look after the poor. 1978 one place. sweeping up into the homesteads on high ground.
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