Haflong, July 10: State Finance Minister Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma on Monday said that the Assam government would clear all pending dues of the council employees of North Cachar Hills Autonomous Council (NCHAC) with a special grant. This was conveyed at a meeting held at Haflong Circuit House during his two-day visit to Dima Hasao, accompanied by HAD Minister Sum Ronghang and Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council (KAAC) CEM Tuliram Ronghang, in presence of NCHAC CEM Debolal Gorlosa and MLA BB Hagjer Sarma said that revenue augmentation of the NCHAC would be done so that there was no further crisis regarding salary. Proper formulation of revenue from various resources like Forest, APGCL and NEEPCO would be taken into observation so that the council has self-sustenance capacity like the other autonomous councils, said the minister referring to Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council and Bodoland Territorial Council.
While reviewing the activities and conditions of the medical department, Sarma announced that an intensive care unit (ICU) would be set up in a fast-phase manner at the Haflong Civil Hospital, fund for which would be provided by the Assam government. The long-standing necessity of the ANM hostel will also be soon resolved with setting up of an 80-bedded hostel facility for them.
For promotion of the tourists’ inflow and opportunities of accommodations, there will be government tourist lodge in three places- Haflong, Jatinga and Umrangso - which is to be implemented jointly by the Tourism Department and Assam Tourism Development Corporation (ATDC).
Taking into consideration the growing demand for seats in colleges, he said science stream would be introduced in Maibang College and the number of seats would be increased in Haflong Government College. He also asserted that the long pending construction work of the polytechnic college in Chotowapu would begin for completion.
“An addition package amounting to Rs 50 crore for roads has been announced and the construction work of the five roads between Haflong to Dihangi, Umrangso to Diyungmukh, Kalachand- Khepre Road, Mahur-Laisong-Raja Bazar, Maibang to Shemkhor will be started soon,” said Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma. He further stated an addition amount of Rs 100 crore for development fund under NCHAC.