Gandhi, who visited six remote villages by helicopter, later told reporters that the Centre allocated Rs 125 crore to combat the famine caused by ”Mautam’ or gregarious bamboo flowering in the state.
The UPA chairperson said that though an additional fund of more than Rs 40 crore was disbursed to the state government later, “hunger and shortage of food” remained.
Gandhi addressed Congress workers after her return from a trip at Lengpui Airport near here.
She first visited four villages in the south western part of the state affected by Mautam famine and two villages in north western part, including Rajiv Nagar hamlet, affected by the famine.
Congress sources said she came here to see for herself the sufferings of the common people hit by Mautam and share their sufferings, the first visit of her after becoming chairperson of UPA.
Gandhi returned to Delhi from Lengpui airport in a special aircraft.