MANGALDAI, April 28 � State Minister for Revenue Dr Bhumidhar Barman has urged upon the gaonburhas (village headmen) of the State to remain alert so that they can extend their best possible help to the needy during natural disasters as they are considered to be the guardians of the people at the grassroots.
He was addressing the open session of the 31st conference of the Darrang District Gaonburha Association as the chief guest at the Natya Mandir here last afternoon. Referring to the responsibilities of the gaonburhas for propagating different public utility government schemes particularly in selection and identification of genuine beneficiaries, the Revenue Minister urged the gaonburhas not to allow any government official to carry out any wrong practice of nepotism or corruption to deprive poor genuine beneficiaries.
While assuring the gaonburhas that he would immediately take up with the Chief Minister their demand over increase of monthly remuneration, medical allowance etc., the Revenue Minister also observed that there was a need to review the age-old land revenue rules and manuals for better working condition, service rules, appointment process of the gaonburhas etc.
The open session was also addressed, among others, by Basanta Das, State Minister for Water Resources, Fisheries and SC Development; Binanda Kumar Saika, MLA, Sipajhar; Baikuntha Nath, vice president, All Assam Gaonburha Association; Hareswar Sarma, local senior citizen.
Earlier, Manoj Kumar, Deputy Commissioner, Darrang inaugurated the open session. The two-day-long conference which began on Sunday morning with the hoisting of the organizational flag by its president Bichitra Kumar Barua also featured Pratinidhi Sabha inaugurated by Nayan Kumar Pathak, Circle Officer, Mangaldai Revenue Circle on the first day.
The second and the concluding day which started with the smriti tarpan in the morning initiated by Mahendra Saharia, ex-president, Gaonburha Association, Mangaldai Revenue Circle also included a cultural procession which was flagged off by Bhupen Barua, secretary, All Assam Gaonburha Association.