Assam Chief Minister, Mr. Sarbananda Sonowal paid a visit to Barak Valley today. In a meeting with officials, public representatives and prominent citizens, Mr. Sonowal discussed on a gamut of issues. The condition of the roads in the three districts had been a subject of major concern. He directed the PWD to fix the roads in three months’ time and assigned Mr. Parimal Suklavaidya, PWD Minister, to monitor the same. Mr. Sonowal also promised to visit Barak Valley again in three months to see the improvements in tasks assigned.
Another important point of discussion was the need for a Neurology Department in Silchar Medical College, which has been a long-standing demand from the valley. In the absence of a neuro department, many patients meet their end purely due to lack of timely intervention. Mr. Sonowal assured to take the issue with Center and have the center in SMC. The increase in daily flights from Silchar to other cities like Delhi & Mumbai were also discussed.
Overall, the new government seems to be taking development of Barak Valley quite seriously. In the evening, Mr. Sonowal posted on his Facebook page:
"At a high level meeting with DCs and SPs of six districts of Cachar, Karimganj, Hailakandi, Dima Hasao, Karbi Anglong and Hamren in Silchar today, a gamut of issues were discussed. PWD department was directed to repair all the roads of the Valley within three months and DCs were asked to complete the process expeditiously. Illegal coal mining in Karbi Anglong and Dima Hasao districts and the environmental pollution caused by the illegal coal from neighbouring Meghalaya is a major concern. Chief Secretary and DCs were asked to take steps to address this problem. Instructions to take steps against check gates which have failed to realise revenue for the Government were also issued. Maintaining the sanctity of the international border is of utmost importance and DIG, Border was asked to look after the fencing work. I urged the officers and employee fraternity to work whole-heartedly as a team towards implementation of government schemes and contribute to peace and progress of the state”
An hour later he added:
“Our Government has accorded equal importance to the development of Barak and Brahmaputra valley. Attended a meeting with prominent citizens of Barak Valley at Bongo Bhawan in Silchar town today. By taking into account the various suggestions of the senior citizens, the State Government will work towards overall development of the State. We are committed towards ensuring transparent, accountable and responsive system to full-fill the aspirations of the people. I will visit Barak Valley again after three months to take stock of the progress of development activities”
Barak Valley has often been the neglected child of Dispur. But the attitude of the current dispensation looks quite different. We just hope all convictions translate into real actions and Barak Valley sees real positive change.