From our Correspondent
KOKRAJHAR, January 28: Many questions were asked by the elected members, mainly from opposition bench, on the proper implementation of schemes and functioning of government offices and structures during the winter assembly session of Bodoland Territorial Council Legislative Assembly held on Thursday.
In the beginning of the session, Member of Council Legislative Assembly (MCLA) Jatirindra Brahma said there were riots in 1986 between the Bodos and Santhals, in 2012 between the Bodos and Muslims and displacement of Bodo and Adivasis in 2014 due to attack byNDFB (S). He said most of them had received relief materials and compensation at the time but some of them were still in the relief camps. He added that Bodo families had not received any compensation or relief materials from the government. He questioned as to why the Bodo community was not given compensation, when the people still living in relief camp would be rehabilitated and details of compensation to the riot victim families.
In reply, the Executive Member of Land and Revenue Department and Disaster Magement said there were no commul riots but violence in those years and the BTC had provided relief to the victims of riot-affected families of 2012 and 2014 in addition to the relief provided by the district administration. Regarding not receiving relief materials by the Bodos, he said there was no specific complaint from any corner of BTC till today and if such complaint was received, the BTC would make an enquiry. He said the riot affected families of 2012 were given utensils (16,600), medicated mosquito nets (19,843), bed sheets (19,843), steel bed (19,843), synthetic/fibre pillow (19,843), blankets (88,438), 5 HP Usha diesel engine pumps, set for LLP (2000), and others. The council distributed 20 different items to the violence-hit families of 2014 that included blankets, Dokh, cotton saree, lungi, gamocha, rice, dal, mustard oil, salt, coconut hair oil, soap, detergent powder and additiol blanket .
The representatives raised questions on the non-functiol health centres which were without doctors or staff. They also raised questions on the implementation of fund in the sectors of tourism, public health engineering, construction of bund, cal, roads and cottage and small-scale industries.