FROM A CORRESPONDENT
Silchar, Feb 14: Katigorah Development Committee has been on the forefront to fight for the democratic rights of the people of the revenue circle located on Indo-Bangladesh border. It is due to the sustained movement that Katigorah has been upgraded as a subdivision as declared by Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on January 1, 2016. This is the only achievement of mass movement, nothing more, pointed out bendu Shekhar th, president, Katigorah Development Committee.
Though the Katigorah revenue circle has been ploughs back heavy revenue, its share in development has been quite negligible. The roads and the NH 6 that passes through it are in bad shape. There have been laying down of foundation stones for a power plant and also a cement grinding factory, but even after more than five years of their being talked of, nothing concrete till date has come out. In all fairness, both the plant and factory have been more for public consumption on the eve of elections than for implementation.
This is how the backward region without any infrastructure for development has been subjected to exploitation by the political parties irrespective of their ideological differences. In fact, as bendu Shekhar th said no serious and sincere steps have been taken by the representatives elected in elections after elections. They have been mostly the candidates from outside Katigorah with no rapport with the people or knowledge of the problems and their requirements.
bendu Shekhar th rues despite series of representations to around eight chief ministers starting from late Mahendra Mohan Choudhury to Tarun Gogoi for taking measures for the development of Katigorah, it has been nothing but a wild goose chase. th at the same time argues Lakhipur revenue circle of the district of Cachar, which was declared a subdivision 22 years ago by late Hiteswar Saikia, chief minister of Assam, is yet to have any semblance of any upgradation. He therefore has reason to believe that the declaration of subdivision just before elections is nothing but a hoax.
The president of Katigorah Development Committee strongly pleads for nomiting candidates by different political parties for the ensuing assembly elections from Katigorah constituency who should be sons of the soil. He himself has no bias or favour for any party excepting that he wants a better and efficient candidate for articulating the problems and issues of Katigorah. He wants that the problems of unemployment, safe drinking water, improved health structure, round the clock electricity as well as better academic infrastructure, besides connectivity, should be highlighted and focused on by the representatives who get elected. It is only a candidate from the constituency itself who can best understand the people and their hopes and aspirations for resolutions.