GUWAHATI, July 29 - The Water Resources Department has suspended four officials, at the directive of Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, for exhibiting gross negligence of duty during the current wave of flood in Majuli. An order to this effect has been brought out by the Secretary, Water Resources Department today, said an official press release here.
Hari Prasad Gogoi, Junior Engineer, Jibon Khatoniar, Sub Engineer, Jayanti Mudoi, Section Assistant and Bedanto Kumar Bhuyan, Section Assistant have been suspended pending drawal of departmental proceedings on the charge that they were found absent from the site at the time of the occurrence of the breach on Brahmaputra dyke from Bessamora to Haldibari under Majuli Water Resources Department.
Show-cause notices have been issued to Buddhi Nath Shyam, Executive Engineer, Majuli Water Resources Division and Babul Chandra Deori, Assistant Executive Engineer, Kamalabari Water Resources Sub-Division.
It may be mentioned that the Chief Minister, during his visit to Majuli yesterday along with the Water Resources Minister Keshab Mahanta to supervise the relief and rescue operations in the flood-affected areas, took serious note on the unauthorised absence and negligence of duties by some officials when the Brahmaputra dyke was breached resulting in untold inconveniences to the people and loss of properties. The Chief Minister called upon all the government officials to stay at the headquarters and stand by the side of the people reeling under flood.