Lakhipur NGO's missive to Parimal Shuklabaidya on their grievances

SILCHAR, July 21: Lakhipur Anchalik Unnayan Sangstha, a conglomeration of various NGOs, different castes and communities, has expressed its gratefulness to Parimal Shuklabaidya, Minister of PWD, Excise and Fisheries, for initiating necessary steps to resolve the long pending demands of the people of the sub division. It has at the same time deplored the attitude of the then PWD and Urban Development Minister Ajanta Neog and Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi for ignoring their repeated representations to them for addressing their grievances.
The Government of Assam led by Hiteswar Saikai declared Lakhipur as sub division along with Bokakhat and Nazira in 1992, respecting the people’s demand. But, while Bokakhat and Nazira were upgraded as sub division with all the infrastructure, quite unfortunate, Lakhipur sub division is yet to get a full-fledged shape. The repeated appeals of the NGOs, social bodies and even political entities to the authorities concerned have fallen flat. Most of the offices required for a sub division are yet to come up here. Some of the offices, as a token of upgradation, are running in rented buildings without any proper infrastructure and other facilities.
As assured, Parimal Shuklabaidya has been impressed upon to see that the offices of treasury, sub divisional court, PWD, irrigation, agriculture among others could be set up expeditiously and let the sub division become a reality. Still unfortunate, the sub divisional health services are being carried on through primary health centre (PHC) which lacks basic and minimum medical facilities. It is most ridiculous that a six bed PHC with a lone physician caters to the medical needs of a large population. The demand is for a 100 bed hospital with sufficient medical and paramedical staff as well as adequate medicines.
Another problem apart from the infrastructure build up for the sub division, Lakhipur located on the bank of hilly and turbulent rivers is faced with the scourges of floods during rainy seasons. The embankments need to be strengthened to prevent erosions threatening the river bank villages. In the absence of links over the river, people and student community have to cross river Barak through Lakhipur ferry-ghat for office works, market purpose and attending education institutions. For the convenience and safety, it has been demanded that a suspension bridge is constructed to connect Lakhipur town with the other side.
The condition of network of roads in the sub division is so deplorable that movement of vehicular traffic has become almost difficult. Trenches and pools fill the roads, particularly during monsoon. These roads have been identified as Kashipur to Madhura bridge and a part of Chiripool to lower Jiri via Fulertal along NH 37. Besides, road links from Jirighat to Kapakhal via Kadamtola, Baghkhal and Mirpur, Lakhipur to Paloirbond via Saparmoina, Tolengram and Nongphow, Lakhipur to Sibpur, Binnakandie Ghat to Sonai, Binnakandie tea estate to Machkhal Khasia Punji and Binnakandie tea estate to Motinagar via Chengjur, Boali and Didarkhush.
Mention has also to be made of the roads in need of immediate attention and repair are Pailapool to Kumacherra and Paloirbond to Udharbond among others. A report found through RTI has brought out the most stunning fact that Rs.407.55 lakh was sanctioned in 2008-09 for construction of road from Binnakandie tea estate to Motinagar via Chengjur, Boali and Didarkhush, but there has not been any semblance of work on the ground till date. This calls for investigation in order to bring to book the persons involved in siphoning of the huge public fund.
The woes of people of Lakhipur sub division are unending which have only seen during the long Congress regime laying down of one after another foundation stones in the name of public welfare schemes and projects. But, there is no trace of any such projects to mitigate the drinking water, electricity, health and sanitation problems. It is all the more painful that the elected representative from this sub division happened to be Dinesh Prasad Goala, Congress minister holding important portfolios for long 30 years, with little or no service to the suffering people of this area living on the border line with Manipur.
It is with great hopes and expectations that the long suffering people of the sub division now look forward to positive actions from the Sonowal Government. The representation signed by Anil Chandra Das Talukder, president, and E Brajamani Singha, secretary, Lakhipur Anchalik Unnayan Sangstha, was handed over to Parimal Shuklabaidya recently. (Source:SentinelAssam)