GUWAHATI: Owing to slack development work undertaken by the Assam government in the inter-States border areas, the residents of those places gradually migrate to other places inside the State. And over a period of time, the neighboring States encroach upon those bordering areas of Assam.
Such migration and encroachment have exposed a lack of proper thrust on development during the regimes of past governments of Assam. Sadly enough, the story remains the same even during the time of the present government.
Experts feel that with the proper impetus to upgrade the lifestyle of the residents dwelling in the bordering areas of Assam, a lot can be achieved to arrest not just the migration of Assamese people from those locales but also stop the encroachment of such areas by the neighboring States.
In fiscal 2017-18, government data show that only Rs 1.20 crore was spent in the bordering areas of Assam. It was spent on seven schemes. Of them, one border outpost (BOP) was established at Ukiam in Kamrup district.
The Assam government has spent only Rs 2.06 crore against 10 schemes that include the setting up of five BOPs till the last part of February in current fiscal (2018-19). These are the two outposts at Ratnagiri and Kherbari in Golaghat district; two others at Umru and Khatkhasla in West Karbi Anglong; and one at Nagainijan in Jorhat district.
Official statistics indicate that the five States of Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram, Tripura, Meghalaya, and Nagaland have already encroached 832.67 sq km of Assam land in the bordering regions. Despite this fact, the successive governments have paid scant regard to boost development activities in these localities.
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