Guwahati: Assam Governor Jagdish Mukhi held a Public Durbar in Kokrajhar Secretariat on Monday and heard public grievances. He also directed Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) administrator Rajesh Prasad to take steps for their immediate redressal.
In his second visit to Kokrajhar after taking over BTC administration, the Governor heard the problems of people coming from different walks of life including representatives of social, cultural, religious, political, linguistic and student organizations.
He ordered all the DCs in four BTC districts and SDOs to hold public Durbar in their respective jurisdiction and take steps for solving the problem. He asked the administration to initiate every effort to ensure citizen friendly governance in the BTC by listening to the citizen and taking responsive approach for citizen responsive governance.
Moreover, the Governor also stressed on a time-bound solution of the grievances.
The terms of Village Council Development Committee(VCDC), Central Selection Board and Territorial Constituency Level Co-ordination Committee(TCLCC) are co-terminus and automatically get dissolved with the end of the term of the council.
The Governor has received several grievances regarding the misappropriation of the job cards issued under MGNREGA. He said that the people living within the jurisdictions of VCDC should not suffer and therefore asked the administrator to designate the respective BDOs to take care of people’s welfare that were primarily looked after by the VCDCs. Further, 4 out of 9 Municipal Boards whose term was over have been dissolved and their functions shall be looked after by the Executive Officers.
The Governor pointed that as per rules, the job cards should remain in the hands of the beneficiaries and asked Administrator to get hold of all the job cards from the VCDC functionaries and hand over the same to them within a week.
Mukhi took note of the status of the PM’s flagship programmes and several welfare schemes like PMAY-G house construction, tractor distribution etc. He also urged the departments to work steadily and effectively concerning the doubling of farmers’ income by 2022.
The Governor also asked the Administrator to see that the complaint boxes put up at different places of BTAD areas are attended swiftly and no complaint is left undisposed.
Because of the rampant tree felling, the Governor has put a blanket ban on any kind of tree cutting and started a massive plantation drive in BTAD under the project ‘Hariyali’ where 40 lakhs of plants inclusive of flowering, fruiting ,medicinal and other plant varieties are to be planted.
In this regard, it may be noted that under ‘Hariyali’ project so far altogether 12,92,727 saplings have been planted in BTAD including 9 ,65, 568 in Kokrajhar. In line with that, the Governor planted saplings in Bodoland University campus today. 478 saplings were planted today in presence of the Governor.
The Governor asked DC Kokrajhar to prepare a list of all the migrant workers in his district and map their skill sets to employ them in different vocations. He also asked Administrator to allot job cards to the migrant workers who have come back to different districts of BTAD areas post COVID 19 induced lockdown.