MUSHALPUR, April 4 � �It is through decentralisation of power through democratically- elected Village Council Development Committees that the best, efficient and transparent governance can be delivered to the people of BTAD.� This was stated by Rudra Prasad Upadhyaya, the CPM candidate for No 23 Dihira BTCLAC in public meetings held in different parts of the constituency. He added that the autonomous system of BTC has to be more work-efficient and meaningful and the CPM will constantly press the elected council Government of BTC, whether inside or outside the ruling dispensation.
It is noteworthy that the CPM has fielded nine candidates for the BTC poll who include Deepamoni Medhi for No. 17 Suwaijhar (ST) BTCLAC, Krishnakanta Brahma for No. 18 Manas Serphang (ST) constituency, Tarun Barman for No. 19 Thuribari (Open) constituency, Baloram Das for No. 20 Mathanguri (Open) constituency, Rudra Prasad Upadhyaya (Dhakal) for No. 23 Dihira (Open) constituency, Ratan Gayari for No. 29 Suklai Serphang (ST) BTCLAC, Karuna Kanta Bhuyan for No. 30 Goreswar (ST) BTCLAC, Suman Lakra for No. 33 Nanoi Serphang (General) BTCLAC and Bhumidhar Rabha for No. 34 Khalingduar (ST) constituency. The party has already released its 16-point election manifesto for the poll.
Some of its promises include holding of VCDC elections for decentralisation of power to the grass-root level and making the autonomous system more work efficient and meaningful; steps for allocation of special funds from the State and the Central Government for building up the necessary administrative infrastructure as well as development of road communication; providing compensation and rehabilitation to the victims of ethnic and sectarian violence and terrorist attacks; to set up an academy for the development of tribal art and culture as well as a separate education directorate for tribals including the Bodo medium; to ensure use of Bodo, Assamese and English languages at all the levels of administration; to provide land patta to all farmers and stop their eviction; implementation of forest right act etc.