FROM OUR CORRESPONDENT
SILCHAR, May 26: The dawn of a new empire of BJP in the state has ushered new hopes and aspirations in the minds of the common people. May 24 has been etched on the pages of history as after a long period of Congress rule, BJP has come to power. Chief Ministers of 13 states and some eminent NDA leaders attended the historic moment of oath taking by Sarbanda Sonowal as the Chief Minister of Assam at the Veteriry College Field in Khapara. The presence of Prime Minister rendra Modi was the icing on the cake. The 54-years-old Sonowal has to shoulder many responsibilities and resolve some of the most intricate issues that exist in the region.
The residents of Barak Valley from every walk of life have certain hopes, aspirations and expectations from the new government. The residents of the valley are facing innumerable problems. To me a few, poor road conditions, improper transport and communication facilities and floods have made life miserable for them. It is quite tural that since people have elected their government, their expectations should be fulfilled. People from all occupations have their own expectations from the government.
Dr. Paromita Das, Assistant Professor, department of Mass Communication, Assam University, who also worked for tiol Health Mission, Guwahati, as a media expert for two years under Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma, the then Health and Education Minister , said, “I am hopeful about the new government. I am highly optimistic about Himanta Biswa sir and his ability, efficiency and agility. It is under his leadership that the health security in the state had reached new heights. I wish the enthusiasm to work continues to flow like it did during the time when I was working under him.”
She mentioned in particular that the health sector is very important since lot of people lose life owing to the lack of doctors, proper treatment on time and medicines.
Not only professiols, students too voiced their feelings. They want their courses should be so vast that they fail to go through the complete syllabus. On a lighter vein, Debarati Bhattacharjee, 28, a PG student who is also pursuing Bachelors in Education, said, “I want that our syllabi should be less so that we can prepare well for the examitions. Moreover, results should be declared on time since it can cause a year.”
The expectations of the downtrodden, poor and underprivileged people are poles apart from those of the middle class and richer sections of the society. Bidyut Das, 28, owner of a grocery shop, Rasamati Stores, said, “We want our rations to be regular as it is now. We have a good store and we earn sufficient. Sometimes, an abrupt rise in prices of the some of the essential commodities affects our life since we have to curtail consumption of those commodities.” The abundant items in his shop reflected his days of prosperity.
A rickshaw-puller gives ride to the weary customers, but they also need some shed. A number of rickshaw-pullers suggested that a provision of shades would do oodles of good to them. Babul Das, said, “We burn ourselves in the scorching heat of the Sun for our families. We just want our families to get four square meals a day.” The victory of the saffron party has definitely infused hopes into the veins of the people. The common people have rested immense faith upon Sarbanda Sonowal government. Time will tell whether the party will be able to keep the promises made during election campaign.