From a Correspondent
TEZPUR, Jan 10: At a time when both the State and Central governments are announcing policy after policy for developing every section of the society, irrespective of caste and community, many villages in Bhalukpung, Balipara and Nameri areas falling under Sootea LAC in Sonitpur district are yet to be connected with modern facilities.
For the people living in the villages like Dwifanguri, Maidangsri No-1 and 2, Maibong Nwgwr, Bathowfuri, No-1 and 2 Dimapur, Anthaibari, Anjalipara, Rwisuliguri, Tharabari, Ramjuli, Baligami, Rwmwi, Hajwgudi, Burigami, Sonagudi, Mainawguri, 1 No-Biji-Dwimuguri, No-1 and 2 Khwdwmguri, Dalanguri, Gwibari, No-1 and 2 Santipur, Garlabari, Bhalukpung Nigam, No- 1 and 2 Swrangpara, No-1 and 2 Dwimuguri, N0- 5 Hajwgudi, Bandwguri, Derhasat, Ganeshpur, Phakhriguri and Agumakachari located along the Assam-Arunachal border areas in Sonitpur district, modern facilities like road communication, electrification, school and colleges, drinking water facilities, sanitation, health and hygiene are still a far cry.
Despite presence of a number of developmental projects under various government departments, the indigenous people living in the remote rural areas of this belt are witness to deplorable road condition, absence of potable water, medical and educational facilities in the name of the development since the last many years. The people of these areas alleged that they have been deprived of all government facilities. People residing in these areas, while expressing their grave concern in this regard, said that people living in this belt over the last 30 years have been used as decisive factor by every political party during every election, but once the election is over they are forgotten.
“Implementation of the Panchayati Raj system and Forest Right Act, 2006 by providing land patta to the people living in these areas has not been seen due to sheer negligence by the government and local public representatives. The aboriginal people living in this belt that comes under the Baliprara tribal belt-bock and Sootea LAC in Sonitpur district, adjacent to the Assam-Arunachal border area, do not find the required necessary facilities. The woes of residents of this belt have fallen on the deaf ears of the authorities. Moreover, absence of roads to connect them with the outside world compounds the woes of the people of the area, particularly of the student community. During the first five years of the last 15 years of the Congress regime, the then Congress MLA had sanctioned a concrete road with a number of bridges throughout the area connecting from Sengelimara up to Bogijuli and Urahiloga areas. Apart from this road, there is no any proper road communication in the area. However, the concrete road passing through the area is also gradually deteriorating due to lack of timely repair by the authority concerned,” alleged some local people.
At a time when the government is making education free and compulsory for every child through SSA, children in this area are yet to enjoy this as government school and free textbooks are still a distant dream in this belt. “We feel this is nothing but discrimination and a deep-rooted conspiracy to suppress us. The government itself is violating the rules like FRC-Act-2006 and Right to Education Act-2009,” further alleged the local people.
Expressing their annoyance and anguish over the lackadaisical attitude of the public representatives, they alleged that the local MLA, who has been elected with the votes of the area for the last two consecutive terms, also avoids the public issues by simply showing certain official problems. “We urge him to take steps for the development of the area as he has a responsibility towards us,” they said.