100 DAY ACTION PLAN
ON THE ANVIL
New Tourism Policy
Rs 32 crore development project for Kamakhya Temple
Tea Museum at Dibrugarh
Night ferry services for Majuli
Cold storage at Chenijan (Jorhat)
Citrus fruits centre at Bamunigaon
Zol SEBA centres at five places
By Our Staff Reporter
Guwahati, July 2: As a stride towards infusing transparency in governce, the Fince department is all set to introduce a ‘file tracking’ mechanism, a move that is part of the department’s 100 day action programme.
Fince minister Himanta Biswa Sharma informed Chief Minister Sarbanda Sonowal about this innovation at a meeting held at the conference room of Assam Secretariat on Saturday, an official release said.
Once this new system is inducted in the Fince department, it will be replicated in all departments of the government. Moreover, the Fince department has also taken steps to disburse Fixation of Ceiling (F.O.C) to all departments and offices electronically within 100 days.
The Fince department will also take recourse to ‘on-line’ system to prepare budget and distribute the same to all offices and maintain a constant link with the Reserve Bank of India through a core banking solution ‘e-Kuber’. Besides this, taking help of ‘on-line’ mode for preparing salary bills and preparation of a comprehensive data base of all government employees are also in the agenda of priorities of the department.
Chief Minister Sonowal stressed on furnishing timely utilization certificates against different schemes by the departments. Emphasizing on timely completion of welfare schemes, Chief Minister Sonowal asked all departments to ensure completion of all major schemes within three years. Sonowal also said that if a particular department cannot complete the scheme fully within the stipulated period, the head of the department will have to show the cause for it.
Sharma informed that in order to ensure timely execution of schemes, the Fince department is sincerely contemplating to bring in a legislation. He also informed that Assam Treasury Rules and Subsidiary Ordince and Delegation of Fincial Rules would be updated soon, besides creating a pensioners database for the State.
Moreover, the meeting also deliberated upon filizing ‘100 days programme’ for Tourism department. Chief Minister Sonowal stressed on the need for comprehensive and planned development of the tourism sector in Assam.
A new Tourism Policy for Assam also featured in the department’s 100 days programme. Moreover, two brand ambassadors and on-line booking system for tourist lodges have also been mooted to attract tourists to the State. The Chief Minister also exhorted the need for adequate publicity of State’s tourism potential in wildlife, cultural heritage, tea and rural tourism, sports and river tourism etc. He also asked the department to adopt planned approaches to increase inflow of tourists.
For the development of Umrangshoo lake in Dima Hasao and introduction of night ferry service to Majuli, appropriate steps will be taken. Sonowal also asked the Tourism department to take initiative to attract tourists even during the rainy season. The Chief Minister was informed that the department would take up a project worth Rs 32 crore for the development of Kamakhya Temple within the next 100 days.
A Tea Museum involving Rs. 3 crore will be constructed in Dibrugarh. The CM said that since the heritage of Assam is intrinsically intertwined with tea, the proposed Tea Museum should reflect the uniqueness of Assam as the largest tea producing state and make it a tiol and intertiol attraction for tourists. If necessary, the State government will allot more funds for the project.
In its 100 days programme, the Agriculture department proposed e-tendering for procurement of seeds, soil health cards for 30,000 farmers, a cold storage at Chenijan in Jorhat, a citrus fruit centre at Bamunigaon and distribution of fruit trees among 1 lakh farmers.
The Education department will set up regiol offices of SEBA at five places across the State, while in 1,000 single-teacher schools, an additiol teacher will be appointed within 100 days. The Health department has asked its officials to set up medical colleges at Lakhimpur, gaon and Dhubri, besides bringing in a new law for private hospitals and nursing homes. A special insurance scheme for critical diseases is also on the anvil.
The Forest department will recruit 104 constables next week.
Meanwhile, the Pension directorate today cleared 1,800 pending files, minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said. “We intend to clear 1,000 pending files every month. At this rate, we hope to clear the backlog of 9,000 files within October-November this year,” he added.