From our correspondent
Itagar, September 3: Establishment of a bank branch at Chayangtajo, an ADC headquarters in East Kameng district, still remained a distant dream for the 15000 odd people, who are running from pillars to posts to get banking facility in their doorstep.
More than two decades have passed as there was provision for opening of two SBI branches – one each at Chayangtajo and Seijosa. While the bank branch at Seijosa was set up on June 26, 1986, Chayangtajo was deprived due to cancellation of license, owing to reported negligence of banking authorities.
“Our people are suffering a lot due to absence of bank. They have to travel 80 kilometers to Seppa, the district headquarters even for small transaction. The area with four circles and 12 sub-divisions has many important establishments including an independent PWD division, Vivekada Kendra Vidyalaya and Don Bosco school,” said additiol deputy commissioner (ADC) Ashok Tojo.
The state level banking committee (SLBC) during a meeting on June 21, 2011 decided to establish banks in all unbanked blocks in the state.
The RBI through its subvention scheme had proposed to open bank at Chayangtajo and sought information of availability of infrastructure and other facilities from the deputy commissioner of East Kameng, but surprisingly the proposal was withdrawn later.
Health & Family Welfare and Fisheries Parliamentary Secretary Karya Bagang, who represents Chayangtajo constituency, in several representations to SBI authorities including Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju, Rajya Sabha member Mukut Mithi and Chief Minister bam Tuki pleaded for early establishment of the SBI branch, but her appeals went in vain. Even Tuki had written a letter to Sanjay Kumar Magoo, CGM SBI NE circle, Guwahati in this regard.
“The people of my area overwhelmed with the proposal to open a bank, constructed a building for the bank through Abchal Samiti Fund. However, the bank authority after a few years on my constant persuasion visited the site and remarked that the building was in a dilapidated condition and not fit for running the bank branch,” Karya said.
“We renovated the building as per direction of the SBI authorities and even constructed staff quarters and evicted uuthorized occupation for ensuring better parking place,” she disclosed and assured to provide full proof security to bank staff.
Karya in her letter to SBI CGM pointed out that the popular programme ‘Jan Dhan Yoja launched by Prime Minister rendra Modi was a total failure in her area due to lack of a bank branch.
“Such tion-wide scheme will achieve success only when people of remote areas can avail the opportunity and its benefits,” she added.
“Chayangtajo, which is a fast developing hub in all sectors with many developmental programmes and government departments are coming up. It is not possible for the job card holders of MNREGA of two blocks mely Pipu and Chayangtajo to come down to Seppa, the district headquarters to meet their banking needs,” Karya said in her letter.
Tara Bagang, a senior citizen of the area said that with many upcoming power projects in the area, establishment of a bank branch at Chayangtajo is the pre-requisite, while former AAPSU president Kanu Bagang opined that without a bank, the people of the area, especially the labourers are facing a tough time.
“For small transactions we had to travel 80 kilometers to Seppa spending large amount,” commented Anchal Chairpersom Ringmir Yangfo.
The SBI authority in a letter Tuki had, however, assured to start the bank from the second half of the current fincial year.