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Rehabilitation of riot–hit people through government schemes

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KOKRAJHAR, January 8: Chirang district administration has initiated an ambitious plan for taking the benefit of various government schemes on transportation, potable drinking water, education, irrigation, agriculture, health and nutrition to the doorsteps of the riot–hit people through the departments.

In this connection a meeting was held on Wednesday in the conference hall of the Chirang DC office at Kajalgaon in which various programmes executed by the line departments were assessed and reviewed in order to chalk out various schemes with particular reference to the riot–hit people in the district. This was informed by the DIPRO, Chirang G. rzary.

Presiding over the meeting, Chirang Deputy Commissioner (DC) Rupak Kumar Muzumder said that there were about 19,000 riot– hit people living in 11 different relief camps who have asked for government benefits to uplift their economic condition. In this regard, he asked all district heads to use the fund and available resources with them for the benefit of these people as well as to prepare suitable proposals to be forwarded to the government for special consideration as the need of the hour was to rehabilitate the displaced people immediately in order to restore peace in the district.

While asked by the DC about the available schemes in DRDA, the PD replied that they had some ongoing schemes in which the riot– hit people could immediately be provided employment. He further informed that they had prepared a proposal for additiol demand under MREGA so that they could generate more employment opportunities for the people in the district.

To extend helping hand to the HSLC, HSS and TDC examinees living in the relief camps, the DC asked the Inspector of Schools to prepare a list and submit it to the government along with a copy to him for making necessary arrangement. He asked to organize special coaching camps for the HSLC examition candidates and to provide them reference books.

The DC asked the Assistant Director, Food and Civil Supplies to verify and assess the number of actual FI card holders in the arson–affected areas as well as to inform them about the PDS items being given through their agents. He further asked him to place for additiol demand for the riot–hit people from the government.

Accordingly, the DC asked the other departments like agriculture to supply seeds and necessary equipments to these people, DICC to arrange loans for them, SIRD to come up to help the SHGs with their various schemes, sericulture to initiate for plantation at the forest village areas and road sites, veteriry to take steps for setting up of piggery, poultry, other farms in the riot–affected areas involving the youths of the relief camps, social welfare to extend fincial help under their existing different schemes and food supplements to these people, forest to take schemes concentrating the riot–affected forest villages, fishery to adopt schemes, irrigation to take schemes under AIBP, AOP, Handloom and Textile to assist the weavers and supply yearns and machineries, BDOs to provide beneficiary schemes so that the arson–affected areas could be developed as well as the people living there could be absorbed as labourers with the implementation of these schemes.

Chirang SP Ranjan Kumar Bhuyan informed about the plan taking up by the district police for organizing free– recruitment camps in the affected areas so that the riot–affected youths could prepare for actual recruitment in any force.

The District Sports Officer, Chirang asked the sporting clubs and other sporting organizations to organize sporting events and exhibition of sports in violence–hit areas to bring back understanding and peace among people. He also suggested that it would be more helpful if footballers Durga Boro and Holicharan rzary were brought to share their experiences with the people.

Muzumder said that he himself would monitor the works regularly and requested all the officers present to accelerate the progress of implementation of schemes in the riot– hit area so as to bring peace and more progress in the district.

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