Kokrajhar Deputy Commissioner takes stock of issues faced in border villages
In keeping with the vision of the Prime Minister regarding outreach to border villages and in pursuance of the directive of the Chief Minister of Assam and the Government of Assam
KOKRAJHAR: In keeping with the vision of the Prime Minister regarding outreach to border villages and in pursuance of the directive of the Chief Minister of Assam and the Government of Assam, Deputy Commissioner of Kokrajhar, Varnali Deka visited Bhumka Forest Village, and chaired a Gram Sabha.
Officials of different line departments such as Agriculture, Education, Social Welfare, Public Health Engineering, Irrigation, Handloom & Textile attended the meeting and briefed the villagers regarding schemes of their respective departments.
Deputy Commissioner urged the people to speak about the problems faced by them and suggestions for their betterment. Villagers of Bhumka Forest Village raised various issues such as improvement in connectivity, need for multi medium schools etc. The villagers mentioned that some wooden bridges, culverts, roads such as the Alangi to Jharbari Road via Bhumka needed repair. The residents mentioned a need for awareness campaigns in the village regarding the importance of education.
Villagers have also requested that a permanent ICDS building be provided in the village. The residents had certain queries regarding PM-KISAN and Jal Jeevan Mission which were addressed by officers of the respective Departments in the Gram Sabha. Further action on many of the issues was decided at the Sabha itself.
A free health camp was also organized by District administration as part of the Gram Sabha.
As a special measure to promote the flagship One District One Product (ODOP) vision of the Prime Minister, the district administration also initiated innovative steps to promote the cultivation of mushroom which is the District ODOP in these border villages.
At the end of the meeting, the Deputy Commissioner of Kokrajhar distributed high quality organic mushroom spawn produced by the TIC Mushroom Incubation Centre of Bodoland University under the guidance of Professor Sandip Das to the women agriculturists of the area through the Women SHG network of the Assam State Rural Livelihood Mission (ASRLM). The community resource person, Supala Narzary, ASRLM, of the village was provided with 2kg mushroom spawn for this purpose.
In keeping with the good sporting potential noticed in this region, another innovative step was taken by the district administration to distribute sporting equipment to the youth of the region through the VCDC chairperson Dibu Kr. Basumatary and president of Samsun Youth Club, SudemBasumatary.
A health camp was also organized for the residents which was attended enthusiastically by all and many urgent ailments. DC Varnali Deka stated that this was a special initiative under the visionary leadership of the Prime Minister and directions of the Chief Minister. "While we have been touring the border villages of the district, we are now doing this in mission mode. Five inter-departmental groups of senior officers are touring all the border villages of Kokrajhar. In Kokrajhar, there are 96 villages within 0-10 and 10-20 km distance from international land borders," she said.