December 12, 2016 8:30:56 pm
Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Monday issued a stern warning and said the government would not tolerate any lapse on the part of officers in implementation of various development schemes in Majuli, the world’s largest river island which is also his constituency. “All government officials must work with full honesty and dedication to fulfil their responsibilities towards making Majuli a developed district and any lapse in this regard would not be tolerated,” Sonowal, who reviewed the progress of on-going projects in the island that was upgraded to a district two months ago, said.
The chief minister also asked chief secretary VK Pipersenia to constitute a committee comprising members of various civil society organisations of the island district and instructed the deputy commissioner of Majuli to ensure a fortnightly review of works, a report of which should be sent to his office.
Expressing concern over the slow pace of work on repair of embankments in Majuli that were damaged by the Brahmaputra in the last floods, the chief minister directed the Water Resource department and Brahmaputra Board to blacklist all contractors who failed to complete work within time and who deliver substandard quality. “The Brahmaputra Board and Water Resource department must work in close coordination to effectively manage floods ravaging the island year after year,” he said.
Sonowal also reminded the officers that only three months were left to complete all embankment repairs and other flood-control activities before the onset of the monsoons, and asked Water Resource Department commissioner and secretary Hemanta Narzary to immediately proceed to Majuli with a team of officials from his department and Brahmaputra Board to make a ground survey of the ongoing projects and fix a timeframe for completion of the works.
Reacting to allegations of corruption in the public works department in Majuli, chief minister Sonowal asked top officials of the department to act swiftly to root out corruption and ensure early completion of 191 kilometres of road that was earlier earmarked under Pradhan Mantri Gramin Sadak Yojana.
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