Citizens’ Convention resolves for Lakhipur sub–division

SILCHAR, February 15: The Citizens’ Convention which held its meeting at Girls’ High School, Lakhipur town, Cachar, unanimously resolved for mass movement for the implementation of gazette notification of April 1, 1992 for declaring Lakhipur as a full–fledged sub–division by the State Government. Though Nazira and Bokakhat under the same notification have been upgraded as sub–divisions, Lakhipur even after 22 years of the declaration remains neglected.
The Convention noted with shock and anguish that no concrete steps have been taken for the opening of different departments of the State Government, judicial court, treasury, jail as well as civil hospital among others to build up the infrastructure of a sub–division. A subtle move is on to frustrate the demand for a sub–division by vested official circles. It is also unknown at whose directive the important offices of PHE sub–division, block elementary and DI, mahukuma parishad, circuit house have been set up far away from the town of Lakhipur. There is also a move, it is being apprehended, that other offices and institutions, court and treasury are being set up under Pailapool GP. What can be the justification for that, questions have been raised?
The mass convention has laid the blame on their representative to the State Assembly, Dinesh Prasad Goala, elected since 1983, for doing nothing for the upgradation of Lakhipur as a full–fledged sub–division. Rather, he has been conspiring against it. The MLA, also a minister for a long time, has been making desperate attempts to isolate and delink Lakhipur and make his native place of Pailapool as the hub of administrative headquarters for its upgradation as a sub–division. The front–liners of the Convention and the assembly of citizens raising their voice and concern against such a move of their representative have vowed to nip it in the bud.
Such a move has been dubbed as an act of betrayal. In the event of Lakhipur being given the status of a full–fledged sub–division, people in general will get the benefits of good governance, better communication facilities, improved health and education structure, legal services as well as that of treasury, banking and revenue and land registration.
The Convention tracing the historical background of Lakhipur, the organizers recalled how the British Government considering the strategic location of Lakhipur by the side of river Barak set up forest range office, sub registrar office, inspection bungalow, police station, post and telegraph unit, charitable dispensary, a high school for girls and other facilities for administrative convenience and public utility.
The Convention has opined if Lakhipur gets the status of a full–fledged sub–division, it will pace up the development of the entire region within its jurisdiction and create the infrastructure for creating more and more job opportunities and also eliminate the menace of corruption which has taken deeper root, eating away the funds allotted against various schemes and projects. The grievances of people of this most backward region of Barak Valley are mounting everyday in respect of essential services and facilities. It has therefore been decided that in order to give a definite direction and dimension to the movement for fulfilment of charter of demands as deliberated, 22 member steering committee with 4 advisors formed will take it ahead and chalk out future course of action.
The mass convention front–liners included Rajdeep Roy, chief convener, Tridibesh Das, and others who addressed the meet. (Source: SentinelAssam)