GUWAHATI: The State government has adopted the policy of foreclosing some sanctioned SDRF projects that are going on for years and on, if not completed by March 31, 2022.
All projects under the SDRF (State Disaster Response Fund) are of immediate importance. Such projects mainly pertain to the restoration of breaches of roads, embankments etc. Any delay in the completion of such projects makes people bear the brunt during floods and other calamities.
However, many SDRF projects in the State have been going on for years and on, ignoring their very purposes. This delay has prompted the new government to take such a decision.
To keep this malaise at bay, the government has decided to set a condition that now on the executing departments will have to complete the SDRF projects within March 31 of the same financial year. And the departments concerned will have to give an undertaking to that effect.
In yet another policy decision, the government has reduced the tendering time for SDRF projects from its existing 21 days to seven or ten days.
The government feels that 21 days for tendering is too long a period for immediate projects. Following a directive from Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma to this effect, the State Revenue & Disaster Management Department will execute the new rules.