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Hailakandi DC visits Assam-Mizoram border to take stock of residents� woes

By Correspondent

HAILAKANDI, March 10 - As part of the outreach programme, Hailakandi deputy commissioner Keerthi Jalli visited the remote Riflemara area close to the Assam-Mizoram border.

With senior officials of the administration and heads of departments in tow, Jalli trudged along for several kilometres negotiating mud and slush, undulating terrain, rickety bamboo bridges and rivulets amidst inclement weather to reach Riflemara, a place mostly inhabited by the Reang people numbering 5,000.

The local people greeted the Deputy Commissioner and the officials traditionally with the accompaniment of dhol and cymbals.

The Deputy Commissioner interacted with the people to get a first-hand account of the problems being faced by them. Jalli listened to the litany of woes, as development is a far cry for the Reang tribals in this nondescript hamlet.

While some problems were redressed on the spot, others were given a timeframe for a solution by the Deputy Commissioner. Jalli received a memorandum from the village headman, listing various problems plaguing the local people.

Assuring the people of the administration�s help and support to overcome the problems, Jalli told them that her intention of coming here was to get first-hand knowledge of the problems and to bring the administration closer to the people, especially those living in far-flung and inaccessible areas.

A health camp was organised by the Health department, in which medical check-up was done, including free distribution of medicines and safe delivery kit.

Villagers hope that the coming of the deputy commissioner with senior officials of various departments will bring in a new wave of development to their village.

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