DIPHU, Aug 9 - Karbi Students� Association�s Kaziranga district committee recently conducted a field enquiry in Dolomara area located within the general area of Duarbagori Member of Autonomous Council constituency of Karbi Anglong autonomous district in connection with financial anomalies by beneficiaries of job card holders.
The students� organisation claimed that all the bank passbooks against respective bank accounts are not with the beneficiaries.
Further, they were paid less than half by certain manipulators and the transferred amounts are withdrawn from the beneficiaries� accounts by some other people and pay the actual beneficiary only a meagre amount without accomplishing any productive work against the job card.
�Certain political workers have warned the villagers that beneficiary names will not be listed in the job card if they do not hand over their bank passbooks to them. With no option left, the poor people have to do accordingly,� the Karbi Students� Association Kaziranga district committee alleged.
Simeon Rongphar, president of Karbi Students� Association has appealed to the Chief Executive Member of Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council Tuliram Ronghang and local MAC Richard Tokbi to take strict action against the offenders involved in this crime.
Discrimination alleged: In the meantime, alleging prolonged deprivation from government subsidies and other basic amenities granted from time to time at the behest of the elected representative of Dhansiri Member of Autonomous Council constituency, the gaonburha, government recognised village headmen and social workers of the area submitted a memorandum to the Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council Chief Executive Member Tuliram Ronghang and demanded implementation of the schemes, on Friday.
The memorandum, signed by gaonburhas Khoyasing Hanse, Rajen Hanse, Government Recognised Village Headman Bura Hanse, former chairman of Village Devlopment Council, Dhansiri, Krishna Hanse, social workers Samsing Hanse and Prodip Hanse mentioned that almost all Karbi villages under Dhansiri area have been deprived from proper implementation of developmental schemes.
Basic requisites and infrastructure like roads, drinking water, medical facility, cooperative societies, etc., were conveniently denied, the memo stated. It added that a number of villages established on or before 1900 have also been denied basic conveniences due to complete and constant neglect by the elected representatives.
The memo further alleged that the Karbi villagers had been denied land compensation due to them for acquisition of their private land for implementation of public projects like road construction and oil exploration by ONGC.
Additionally, the village leaders demanded halting issuance of land pattas (periodic lease) or land mutation without their knowledge.
They said that in view of shops earlier permitted to open only on two or three days a week during the past two weeks, and imposition of total lockdown from the night of July 9 till 22, caused huge losses to the traders, hence now everyone wants get the test done before the deadline in order to avoid closure.
The president of Upper Assam Chamber of Commerce Dulichand Agarwal told the The Assam Tribune today that he spoke to the Speaker of the State Legislative Assembly and Jorhat MLA Hitendra Nath Goswami seeking their intervention for revision of the deadline by the district administration.
Agarwal said he urged Goswami to intervene and do the needful so that there was no deadline for getting Covid-19 test done so that opening of shops along with testing could be carried out in a simultaneous manner. He said that the Speaker assured to look in the matter.
Expressing concern over the situation at the RAT centre today, AICC secretary and former Jorhat MLA Rana Goswami said that setting a deadline for testing will only lead to more spread of the novel coronavirus.
He said he would instead suggest the district administration to open up more RAT screening centres to ease the pressure on two such centres in the town.