Haflong, Aug 2: Calling it as a historical achievement for the people of Dima Hasao, Debolal Gorlosa, Chief Executive Member of North Cachar Hills Autonomous Council, on Wednesday said that the long-pending issues of the council, including Neepco revenue sharing, had been solved with the cooperation of the State government.
Assuring the employees of the council to pay their arrear salary of 10 months and also the pending gratuity of retired council employees, CEM Gorlosa said that these pending dues would be cleared before Durga Puja. The district will also now get its rightful share from the North Eastern Electric Power Corporation Limited (NEEPCO) for the first time since its setting up in the year 1976.
Gorlosa said, “I am really thankful to Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and Finance Minister Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma for their constant support in solving all problems.” Though the Kopili Hydro Electric Project Plant, the maiden venture of NEEPCO, is located on the river Kopili in the Dima Hasao district of Assam, the district had never benefitted in monetary terms since it came into existence in 1976. But with sheer dedication of the current council authorities, the State government has agreed to 50 per cent of its share from NEEPCO with Dima Hasao district which will partly solve the revenue issue of NCHAC.
In his speech, Executive Member Samuel Changsan praised the energy and dedication of Debolal Gorlosa in solving the long-pending issues of NCHAC. He spoke in details about the constant follow-ups and meetings at Dispur by their council team that followed after the visit of the State Finance Minister Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma to Haflong on July 9. Stating the increase in revenue income of the council from Rs 17 crore in the year 2013-14 to a whopping Rs 42 crore, excluding Rs 20 crore from APGCL, this year, the council is on the path of self-sustenance. He also spoke in details regarding the proposal of Voluntary Retirement Scheme (VRS) package for employees who completed 20 years of service.