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Peaceful polls in Bodoland region

Voters from irrespective of communities come out on a enthusiastic mood and turn in long queue to the voting centres to cast their votes o the second phase Assam asembly polls since early morning, the polls was started from 7 am all over the region, included Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) area.

Sitting MLA and BPF candidate for Kokrajhar east LAC Pramila Rani Brahma,UPP candidate Pratibha Brahma cast her vote at Town JB LP school polling centre,BPF candidate for Kokrajhar west Rabiram Narzary his vote at Uttamasen ME school polling station,UPP president and Kokrajhar west candidate Urkhao Gwra Brahma cast his vote at Chalani Batabari LP school polling station, BTC executive member Rajib Brahma cast vote at Bhalukmari LP School polling station in the early morning.

Sitting MLA and BPF candidate for Kokrajhar east Pramila Rani Brahma said, ‘We have been forming alliance government at Dispur on the blessing of citizens’ support.This time common voters are extending support us, besides voting in favour of alliance parties that is why the grand alliance is making their grand scoring of majority results. She also said that her winning is sure for six consecutive terms from Kokrajhar east seat this time too’.

Rabiram Narzary,BPF candidate for Kokrajhar west said, ‘We have(alliance parties) confidence of winning of majority seats in both first and second phase polls in the state.There would be no possibility of winning majority seats from Congress-UPP alliance party,besides AIUDF also less seats in the polls. Government would be formed from BJP led alliance parties’.

UPP president Brahma expressed his hopeful that Congress-UPP alliance party is winning majority seats in both first and second phases polls, government would be formed by alliance party with no doubt.He has claimed that this time common voters are extending support to the Congress-UPP party to gain social integration and uplift among society.

Binay Kumar Brahma, a professor by profession said, ‘We are feeling very excited to be involved to cast our votes on the polls in a peaceful manner.We have cast our votes to elect our peoples representative.Voters come out to be participating in the polls since early morning’.

Sumi Das,a college going student, after participating voting exercise at Vidyapith High School polling station said that it was a happy moment for voters that this time polls was held in a peaceful manner without any incidents in the region.

Pradip Dey,a voter in Uttamachen ME School polling centre said that this is a very peaceful and happy moment to participate in the assembly polls, that was passed off  in enthusiatic situation.

‘We have never seen such a healthy and pleasant situation during polls in the region.It was a laudable arrangement on the day by concern commission’,he said.


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Anti social activities continue by outlaw militants in Karbi Amglong

9 Sep 2011 - 3:42pm | editor

Kamal Kr Brahma
Karbi Anglong

Anti social activities are continuing by outlaw militants in Karbi Anglong. After the two traders killings at Samelangso recently, a minor school student has been kidnapped again by suspected Karbi Anglong armed militant organization from Kauri pahar under Dokmoka police station on Wednesday morning at around 7.40 am.

According to the report, Jirsong Engti (12) son of Rajen Engti who is studyingin class five at Nirmal Niketan, situated at Kauri pahar was going to school along with his cousin by their Santro car on Wednesday morning. Suddenly a group of armed militants that were ready from earlier come out from a Scorpio and blocked the car that Jirsong Engti was traveling in. Quickly putting the gun point on the head of the driver they (the armed groups) kidnapped Jirson Engti from NH-36 near Kauri pahar and fled away from the spot. Till the date of filing of the report, no militant organization has claimed its involvement in the incident. Meanwhile security forces are conducting a massive search operation in the Dokmoka and adjoining areas. Well-wishers of the victim family appealed to the kidnappers to release Jirsong Engti unconditionally for the greater interest of humanity.

It may be mentioned here that the continuing incidents of kidnapping and killings activities by the various militant organizations in the hill district are wreaking havoc among the common people. And the general observation has been that, police administration is not seen in the right position to tackle the ongoing anti social activities in the district.

Fiscal closing is Assam’s beginning

12 Jul 2009 - 11:43pm | Daya Nath Singh

March month is the closing of fiscal, but the Assam government plans to begin the implementation of developmental schemes during this very month alone. An example of such action has been found in the disastrous flood and erosion problems in Matmara recently. Giving brief picture of the recent flood problems affecting Matmara, Dhakuakhana and Majuli areas of the state to media persons recently, the All Assam Water Resources Contractors’ Association (AAWRCA), alleged that ignoring the suggestions by the organization, the government had gone out of the way to implement the schemes of flood control and erosion, resulting in such calamities. The organization’s president, Muhi Bargohain, along with other office bearers, said that the contractors had suggested in the past, to implement the schemes based on their experience, repeatedly and for this they had to resort to agitations also. In response to their demands the government had given some ‘vague assurances,’ but most of the demands were ignored, resulting in Matmara like serious situation. Repeating their suggestions they said that delayed implementation of schemes could not be useful any way. Delay in starting works and doing dyke repairs etc; just before the rainy season has become a ‘tradition in this state’. The government’s decision in respect of repairing of Matmara dyke was an example of such action. In its reaction to the media reports in respect of Matmara dyke repairing works, the AAWRCA said, although the organization had resolved to begin agitation for fulfillment of their various demands, it had welcomed the decision of government to give work order to a foreign company in the interest of the people of the state. But after the name of a foreign company, the contractors’ organization was surprised to note that there was some ‘conspiracy by vested interests’ in the matter. If there did no such understand no company could have taken responsibility of beginning the serious work like Matmara dye at the end of March month? Although the approval of a scheme is the responsibility of the government, its implementation is done by executive department. For the permanent solution to Matmara dyke work the Central government had sanctioned Rs142 crore schemes, which is the only achievement of the state government. For this the contractors’ organization has hailed the state government. But it had doubt on implementation of the scheme, as in such a short time just before the rainy season it was not likely to be completed even if it was given to local or a foreign company. The delayed approval of scheme under the National Calamity Relief Fund (CRF) too was the cause of concern for the successful implementation. After the state finance and revenue departments’ approval and departmental processing, the rainy season already knocking the door, the organization members said. They further added that in the year 2008-09 under CRF scheme implementation revenue department approval was delayed, for which certain schemes were held up. Anomalies had been observed in respect of release of fund by district officials even after the completion of works in the past. Without having land acquisition the implementation of schemes had created a number of problems. Without going through the details of the schemes some wrong information had also been given to the media. In the year 2008-09, in total 73 schemes were approved, which was valued at Rs 432 crore, out of which the Union government’s share was Rs 180 crore and the state’s Rs.20 crore totaling Rs200 crore. In the meantime, the Central government has released fifty per cent of its share i.e.Rs.90 crore and the balance 90 crore has not been released as yet. The contractors’ association has already completed about 80 percent work and 20 percent is yet to be done. Interestingly, in the Central budget for the current year, there is no provision for last year’s balance amount or Rs.232 crore. The contractors have to suffer due to non-payment of their balance amount even after completion of the work and the chief executive of the water resource department has to be held responsible for this. they said. In addition to all this the govt had to lose Rs.30 crore due to misleading works by the department for which the AAWRCA has demanded a thorough enquiry.