SILCHAR, April 19 - Assam Governor Prof Jagdish Mukhi said that both the Centre and the state government have taken a number of steps to develop the North-east.
Lauding the efforts of the state government towards development, he said that air connectivity between Guwahati and Chittagong will become a reality soon. Prof Mukhi is now in Silchar on a three-day visit to Barak Valley.
In this context, the Governor said that connectivity is the key factor to develop the region. �In order to improve connectivity, Centre has already taken a number of schemes for this region,� he said.
Mukhi said, �Steps are being taken by the government to turn Guwahati as the hub of digital communication, similar with Kunming city of China.��
Earlier, disappointed with the toilet facilities at the Government Boys HS School here, �Governor directed Cachar Deputy Commissioner, Dr S Laxmanan to construct toilets for the students and send reports to him within 15 days.
�Take up the matter with priority and report me�within 15 days. The toilets should have proper water supply. Also, a separate toilet should be constructed in the school for females,� the Governor told the Deputy Commissioner.
He also asked the Deputy Commissioner to take steps to repair the portion of the school which was damaged recently.
On the other hand, during his interaction with the faculty members of Cachar College, the Governor catergorically said that there should be no appointment of faculty members on adhoc basis. � I have been told that the college is going through severe faculty crunch and I shall take up the matter with the Government�, he said.
He also met the students of Cachar College during his visit. � If any minor girl becomes a victim of rape or molestation, the rapist should be given capital punishment,� he said.
�Among the cases which get reported, 90 per cent of the rapists are found to be related to the victim or her family. Stringent laws are needed to combat the menace and if any minor girl is reported to have been a victim of rape, the accused should be given capital punishment,� he added.
He also observed that people must change their outlook and perception regarding women in the society and generation of social movements involving people is the need of the hour. On the other hand, while interacting with the students of the college, the Governor took stock of their choice of career and subjects they are studying in the college.