Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, on a visit to Uttarakhand, assured all possible help to the flood-ravaged State. During his recent visit to the RSS office in Dehradun, Modi also offered to reconstruct buildings and temples devastated due to the fury of flood.
Modi, who was in Uttarakhand in order to personally look after the rescue operations for pilgrims from his State, was appraised about the rescue work of RSS in various parts of the State in the wake of massive calamity.
While Uttarakhand Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna appeared completely at loss and helpless, his Gujarat counterpart won many admirers in the Uttarakhand administration. A senior Uttrakhand state official said, “One cannot stop admiring Modi’s administrative skills and grasp of the situation.”
Modi began his homework immediately after the news of the natural calamity broke. Gujaratis are known to undertake pilgrimages in large numbers and the state government had some rough estimates as to how many of them could be stranded in Uttrakhand. On 18 June, he dispatched Gujarat’s Relief Commissioner and Principal Secretary, PK Parmar, a senior IAS officer, to Dehradun. With him came a small group of IAS, IPS and IFS (Indian Forest Service) officers of Gujarat cadre who belonged to Uttrakhand and knew both the terrain and the people.