Amid an escalating controversyover NRC, the Assam Public Works on Monday moved yet another affidavit before the supreme court alleging that the ongoing process is not satisfactory.
In the affidavit submitted before the court a day before the review of the progress, the non governmental organization alleged a great deal of confusion and anomalies over the testimonials required to complete the process.
APW observed that they are not happy with the way the things are taking place to update the NRC in the state.
SC justice Ranjan Gogoi is scheduled to review the progress of the project on Tuesday apart from taking up a number of pleas in this regard.
The government has claimed to be spending huge amount of money for development of the Assam-Nagaland border areas. But the real development is far away. People in the remote area of Gelakey border areas are living in a deplorable condition; Lahdoigarh, Sunapur, Borhollah, Singibill etc. of Gelakey border areas under Nazira sub-division are facing a lot of problems due to the lack of proper road, bridge, water, electricity etc. The so called Rajiv Gandhi Rural Electrification Scheme is not able to reach these areas till today.
Nagaland has already occupied over 1000 Bighas of forest land of Assam. They have set-up one polling station at Borhollah in their recently held general election. According to the villagers of these areas, till today there is no any clear distinction or sign between the cadastral revenue village and forest-land in the border areas.
To prevent the Naga aggression in Gelakey border the state govt. set-up 3 nos. og BOPs (Border Out Post) at Singibill, Borhollah and Sunapur in 2007, but till today the quantity of battalions in these three BOPs are not adequate and the battalions who deployed here are facing a lot of problems due to the lack of basic amenities like drinking water, light and infrastructure. The tube-well of Borhollah BOP is the only source of drinking water of entire Borhollah Village.
Two broken wooden bridge of Lahdoigarh, which are connecting the 3 BOPs of Gelakey border area shows and reflect the govt’s apathy and negligence towards Gelakey border.
Photo of the broken wooden and bamboo bridges and tube-well in the Assam-Nagaland border area near Gelakey reflect the real picture of border development.
Security forces in Kokrajhar apprehended an ultra belonging to Rabha Vipers Army (RVA) from Kopati in Karigaon on Sunday.
Based on inut about presence of RVA ultras, a joint team of Kazigaon police and 17 Dogra regiment caried out a search operation against the rebels where they arrested RVA ultra. He was identified as Naratam Rabha(31) of Kotkujhora. A revolver and cash Rs. 1960 recovered from him who was involved with extortion and anti-social activities.
‘Police administration has been initiating stern operation against militant outfit organistaion in the region and several members of the outfits were arrested during the operation’, said a senior police official in Kokrajhar.
An undying insurgency along with a number of issues in the north east have been forcing more than 35,000 people to leave the region in every single year. People, mostly, from Assam prefer to stay in metro cities.
This was more or less of what Sanjay Hazarika said when the author and veteran journalist observed at an interaction session in New Delhi on Sunday.
Hazarika, the professor and director of the Centre for North East Studies and Policy Research in Jamia Millia Islamia University, Sanjoy Hazarika said the region is still lagging behind on many front. He said the rivers that act as lifeline of the region can’t serve the purpose in the present shape.
“If one drives from Bagdogra to Gangtok, one would find that the Teesta River like a big lake. It doesn’t flow properly because of the heap of debris.”
He further said, “Again, if you travel from Imphal to Kohima, the Barak doesn’t look like a river.”
Hazarika said that Land is the heart of every dispute in North East. It may be between different groups, ethnicities or between outsider and insider.
Earlier, Mary Beth Sanate in her address highlighted the common issues confronting the north eastern region. Shengnaider Tontang discussed recent incidents of flood and landslide in the region.