GUWAHATI: The ensuing Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) poll may not be held very soon. Assam Governor Jagdish Mukhi on Monday said that since the COVID19 situation in the state has deteriorated, the much waited BTC poll could only be held depending on the COVID19 situation.
The Governor said, “The BTC poll was differed due to the COVID19 situation in the state and the reason still prevails. The government can’t decide to held BTC polls. The election commission will take the call.”
Mukhi was on a one day visit to Kokrajhar on Monday. During his visit, he held a meeting with the Deputy Commissioners, Superintendents of Police and other senior officers of different departments and called upon the officers to work with the spirit of ‘Team BTAD’ and pursue a ‘common cause’ to boost the welfare of the people.
Governor said that since the government is committed to bolster the development of BTAD, the BTC administration should be particularly sincere not only to protect the interests of its people but also to promote and build a social empowerment narrative in BTAD.
Mukhi said that no laxity will be tolerated in implementing the schemes, as the officials should astutely adhere to the targets set for the implementation of different schemes in the BTAD areas. The Governor also said that looking into existing diversities in BTAD areas where people belonging to different ethnicities and communities have different problems and different requirements, it has become highly essential for the BTC functionaries to work on a ‘common cause’ that is welfare to all sections of the people.
The Governor took over the administration of BTC, Model Code of Conduct was already in force and therefore no new projects or schemes could be taken up or implemented.
Mukhi reviewed the revenue related matters and the progress made so far in the direction. During the meeting, it came to light that as on April 27, 2020, not even a single revenue service was provided digitally. Dependence on manual records like Chitha, Jamabandi led to delays and harassment to the public.
However, once the Governor took over the administration of the BTC, a mission mode campaign was taken up to complete the digitization of all land records.
Till now digitization of land records of Kokrajhar, Chirang, Baksa and Udalguri District (a total 2, 37,493 pattas in 13 circles) have already been completed and Baksa District is expected to be completed by 20 September.