Dispur's promised aid not paid even after five years
From a Correspondent
AZARA, February 14: The adage - promises are meant to be broken - fits the Congress-led Assam Government like a glove.
Five years back, the State Government promised a blast injured of paying Rs 3 lakh for his treatment. The injured man has been waiting for the money even today with as many as six bullet splinters wedged in his body. The splinters got wedged in his body on April 9, 2009, and have been inside the body even today. His only hope is to get the six bullet splinters taken out of his body through operations, the cost of which is beyond his reach.
Dinesh Thakuria of Azara had been seriously injured in a blast on April 6, 2009 at Maligaon in the city. The State Government had paid him Rs 50,000 to meet the immediate treatment cost and promised him to pay Rs 3 lakh for his operations to take out the six bullet splinters. The Rs 50,000 was spent while going to Madrass for treatment and treatment in Guwahati. The operations could not be conducted to take out the bullet splinters due to cash crunch.
In 2010, the then State Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma had asked the Kamrup DC to keep apart Rs 3 lakh from any Central scheme for the treatment of Thakuria, sources said. The agile deputy commissioner then wrote a letter through the State Revenue and Disaster Magement Authority seeking Rs 3 lakh for Thakuria from the Prime Minister's Relief Fund. The amount is yet to be paid to Thakuria.
Now Thakuria is counting his days with six bullet splinters wedged in his body. Will the Chief Minister, who also holds the Fince portfolio, at all pay the promised Rs 3 lakh to Thakuria? If so, when? Who could be the officer sitting over the letter sent by the Kamrup Deputy Commissioner? Will Thakuria remain alive if he gets the money? These are some pertinent questions that remain to be answered by Dispur.