India — Nagaon, April 23: The Dima Hasao district autonomous council plans to go for a special rehabilitation package for 17 families of Kaladisa who have lost their houses in a wildfire three weeks back.
Kaladisa, 70km from Maibong, is on the inter-state boundary with Nagaland.
Council chief Debajeet Thaosan said a high-level team of the council had been directed to visit the site and ascertain losses suffered by the families.
On March 27, wildfire gutted 14 of the 17 houses in Kaladisa under Khepre police station of Maibong subdivision of the hill district.
Besides the houses, two small industrial units and three temporary camps of security guards were also gutted.
This is the second wildfire in the hill district during the season. On March 8, three children died in Digrendisa under Langting police station as they were caught in a wildfire while returning from a fishing trip. Neighbours retrieved the charred bodies after a few days.
Thaosan said measures like arrangement for construction of houses under Indira Awas Yojana, financial assistance to compensate for the losses and restoration of their horticulture gardens could be taken up immediately under relevant government schemes.
Kaladisa is known for high quality orange and pineapple.
“These are natural calamities and nobody can stop that. We visited the site recently and gave villagers something from our side. Recently, we moved the autonomous council for some measures to assist the affected Kaladisa villagers,” said DHD chief Dilip Nunisa.