MANGALDAI: The State Government, in the major reshuffle in the district administration and the police in Darrang district, has transferred both the Deputy Commissioner and the Superintendent of Police simultaneously for the first time, though they are yet to complete the term of three years in the district.
The State Government, vide a notification issued on January 8, transferred Deputy Commissioner Ashok Kumar Barman as the Additional Secretary in the Revenue and Disaster Management department. Significantly, Ashok Kumar Barman, after serving as the Joint Secretary in the Revenue and Disaster Management department, had joined the district as the 25th Deputy Commissioner on August 31, 2016. Earlier, he rendered his sincere service in the district as the Sub divisional Officer (Sadar) during 2007-2008 and later extended his service in the Revenue department for a long period of 10 years in various capacities.
On the other hand, the Home Department, vide a notification issued on January 11, has transferred Superintendent of Police Sreejith Thiraviam as the Superintendent of Police in Dima Hasao district. Thiraviam –an Assam cadre IPS officer of 2012 batch- had joined here in Darrang district as the 23rd Superintendent of Police on February 7, 2017.
Both Deputy Commissioner Ashok Kumar Barman and Superintendent of Police Sreejith Thiraviam were successful in transforming the district administration and police as people-friendly, corruption-free and a transparent one. Of all the 25 Deputy Commissioners, Ashok Kumar Barman is the only Deputy Commissioner to concentrate whole-heartedly towards creating a revolution in the agriculture sector. As Darrang is an agriculture based rural district, yet majority of the farmers were accustomed to take single cropping farming, that too without using organic system or without taking consultation from the agriculture officials. He had taken a personal initiative with cooperation from Mangaldai Media Circle to organize several workshops on pisciculture, cultivation of Assam Lemon and Bhot Chilly only to encourage the younger generation and housewives. His initiative has also been well responded by a number of unemployed youths of the district and he has been able to transform them as agro-entrepreneurs. He also initiated the ‘Green Darrang’ mission to make Darrang a green district while the Swacch Bharat campaign also gained tremendous response even in the remote villages of the district.
At the same time, Superintendent of Police Thiraviam has also earned high honour from all walks of life for his transparent administration and for his ‘iron fist in velvet gloves’ role with people-friendly attitude. The untimely transfer of both the top bureaucrats of the district has widely been criticized here.
Meanwhile, Ghanashyam Das, an Assam cadre IAS officer, is going to take over as the 26th Deputy Commissioner here. Superintendent of Police of South Salmara, Amrit Bhuyan of Assam Police Service will join as the 24th Superintendent of Police soon.