By our Staff Reporter
GUWAHATI, Oct 7: On January 1, 2011, just before the Assembly elections, Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi announced that 15 new subdivisions would be created to bring some backward areas of the State closer to the administration at Dispur.
The Chief Minister constituted a Cabinet sub-committee before the polls to look into the creation of new subdivisions and the first meeting of the Cabinet sub-committee was held on February 21, 2011.
The decision taken in the Cabinet sub-committee meeting held on February 21, 2011 read: “The committee unanimously resolved that a format may be served covering all relevant information be filled up by the respective deputy commissioners for uniform information to consider the demand proposals. GA Department will collect required information in the format from all concerned deputy commissioners for submission of their reports within 15 days.”
After that, Assembly elections took place in the State and the Congress got a sweeping majority and formed the government at Dispur but forgot to fulfil its promise to create new subdivisions in the State.
Sources said no meeting of the Cabinet sub-committee constituted for the purpose was held till date after the first meeting in 2011 and the State government has not also taken any follow-up action in this regard. The pre-poll announcement of the Chief Minister just remained as a promise.
“Twenty-six places in lower Assam, six places in Upper Assam, eleven places in North Assam and eleven places in the State’s Hills areas and Barak Valley are craving for the subdivision tag,” official sources said, adding, “Some of the prominent places which are seeking subdivision status are Dudhnoi, Sorbhog, Tihu, Mukalmuah, South Kamrup, Pragjyotishpur, Dergaon, Naharkatia, Moran, Doomdooma, Jamugurihat, Bihpuria, Kampur, Narayanpur, Ramkrishna Nagar, Sonai, Katlicherra, Kopili among others.”