SILCHAR, Oct 15: Leaders and members of BJP Silchar town mandal committee today held protest demonstration before the office of the Deputy Commissioner of Cachar against the plethora of problems affecting the normal life of people. Along with that a memorandum was submitted to him, highlighting the issues at stake and seeking his intervention for their resolutions. All these problems are due to the indifferent attitude of the state government towards the people of this area and failure of the various departments concerned in carrying out the required and necessary works.
As the situation stands, people of this town are deprived of the minimum amenities and facilities to live a dignified life. Majority of the roads of this town are in shoddy conditions which have made the plying of two wheelers, four wheelers and even cycles quite risky. Traffic-jam at all important points has become a regular feature. Road condition has much to contribute to it. The indifferent attitude of the state and its departments concerned is all the more surprising as the greatest Hindu festival Durga puja is barely four days left.
BJP mandal committee presses for initiating immediate measures for the repair of roads before the puja on a war-footing. The worst, many people have been afflicted with spondylosis and one member of a family is its victim. Another serious problem that has become almost a regular feature is frequent power-cuts and load-shedding which is badly telling upon everyday life and the business community is put in severe difficulties during the pujas. Students of schools and colleges are inconvenienced in their studies. This irregular power supply has also affected the water supply of PHE department and people have to suffer.
There are also allegations about anomalies in the bills for electricity consumed. Instead of the mandatory monthly electricity bills to consumers, these are provided after two or three months. Complaints are there that many are being billed electricity charges than their average bills. The town mandal committee has also drawn the attention of the Deputy Commissioner, S Viswathan, IAS, towards the nonpayment of salaries of junior basic, senior basic, LP and TET teachers for the last few months. Their salaries should be paid before the puja in order to eble them to celebrate the occasion with all gaiety.
Slum dwellers are also the victims of the apathy of the state government for denying them the right of land patta who have to spend their days in hardship and in distress. The functioning of the supply department has also been the target of attack. People are not receiving their allotted quantum of rice, flour, sugar and kerosene oil from ration shops who wash their hands off by blaming the supply department for non allotment.
Strangely enough, BPL families are deprived of their quota of essential consumer items as these pass to the people under the category of APL. Their deprivation has made their living quite difficult. It is the intervention of the Deputy Commissioner which can mitigate their sufferings by ensuring the supply of food stuffs through fair price shops. The memorandum has been signed by Dipayan Chakraborty, president BJP town mandal committee, Kajal Roy, general secretary, Dr. Rajdeep Roy, state general secretary, among others.