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Lemon cultivation to check jumbo menace

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MUSHALPUR, Aug 30 � At a time when the people living along the Indo-Bhutan border areas in Baksa district have been constantly facing the threat of elephant depredations and a number of people were killed in the man-elephant conflict, a long-term scheme of lemon plantation has been taken up in Salbari subdivision of Baksa district with the cooperation of the DRDA, Baksa in order to check loss of human lives and property in elephant depredations.

The scheme has been taken up for implementation with a sum of Rs 35 lakh at Barengabari village which is situated to the east of the Manas National Park. The objective of the scheme is not only to check elephant depredation but also create earning avenues.

The scheme, targeting plantation of 16,000 lemon plants on six bighas of land, was inaugurated by Hitesh Deb Sarma, project director, DRDA, Baksa in the presence of Mojammil Hussain, BDO, Gobardhana Development Block, Pabodh Kumar Brahma, ranger, Basbari Forest Range, executive engineer, Mrigen Boro along with chairmen of Sunbari and Basbari VCDCs recently.

Inaugurating the scheme, the PD said that clearance of the wasteland and plantation of lemons by labourers under the NREGS will create employment and ensure economic self-dependence of the poor people in the future.

Meanwhile, the project director also inaugurated a horticultural plantation of Rs 4.96 lakh under the community plantation scheme of Baksa DRDA to be implemented on 35 bighas of wasteland at Barong Borobazar Ahamguru HS School. The scheme will include plantation of 3,340 lemon, mosambi, orange, guava, amlakhi and jackfruit saplings with a view to generating income for the rural masses. On this occasion, Manas Das, BDO, Jalah Development Block, expressed the hope that the horticultural garden would encourage the unemployed and rural people to come up with more such gardens.

Office of Joint Secy demanded: In every district of the State, excluding the new districts of the BTC, the District Development Committees (DDCs) are headed by the deputy commissioners concerned. In respect of the districts of the BTAD, the monthly meetings of DDC are chaired by Rahila Brahma, joint secretary of BTC. She is accountable to all the civil development matters of the districts as the head of the DDCs. As the officer comes to the Baksa district headquarters, Mushalpur once a month for a couple of hours in order to attend the DDC meet, the overall development of the district has been badly affected.

There is no one to monitor the punctuality as well as the performance of the officers of different departments at Baksa District Centre, Mushalpur. As a result, a number of officers, most of them in charge of departments, are having a field day.

It has been a long-standing public demand in Baksa as well as other BTC districts to construct the office of the Joint Secretary in all district headquarters where public or public representatives can submit development-related applications for discussion and approval in the DDC meets ushering in rapid development of the districts.

On the other hand, the irregularity and late arrival of officers in their offices have been attributed to non-availability of officers� residences at Mushalpur. There is an an urgent need to construct officers� colonies at Mushalpur so that the officials can devote more time to their official works and the public.

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Lemon cultivation to check jumbo menace

MUSHALPUR, Aug 30 � At a time when the people living along the Indo-Bhutan border areas in Baksa district have been constantly facing the threat of elephant depredations and a number of people were killed in the man-elephant conflict, a long-term scheme of lemon plantation has been taken up in Salbari subdivision of Baksa district with the cooperation of the DRDA, Baksa in order to check loss of human lives and property in elephant depredations.

The scheme has been taken up for implementation with a sum of Rs 35 lakh at Barengabari village which is situated to the east of the Manas National Park. The objective of the scheme is not only to check elephant depredation but also create earning avenues.

The scheme, targeting plantation of 16,000 lemon plants on six bighas of land, was inaugurated by Hitesh Deb Sarma, project director, DRDA, Baksa in the presence of Mojammil Hussain, BDO, Gobardhana Development Block, Pabodh Kumar Brahma, ranger, Basbari Forest Range, executive engineer, Mrigen Boro along with chairmen of Sunbari and Basbari VCDCs recently.

Inaugurating the scheme, the PD said that clearance of the wasteland and plantation of lemons by labourers under the NREGS will create employment and ensure economic self-dependence of the poor people in the future.

Meanwhile, the project director also inaugurated a horticultural plantation of Rs 4.96 lakh under the community plantation scheme of Baksa DRDA to be implemented on 35 bighas of wasteland at Barong Borobazar Ahamguru HS School. The scheme will include plantation of 3,340 lemon, mosambi, orange, guava, amlakhi and jackfruit saplings with a view to generating income for the rural masses. On this occasion, Manas Das, BDO, Jalah Development Block, expressed the hope that the horticultural garden would encourage the unemployed and rural people to come up with more such gardens.

Office of Joint Secy demanded: In every district of the State, excluding the new districts of the BTC, the District Development Committees (DDCs) are headed by the deputy commissioners concerned. In respect of the districts of the BTAD, the monthly meetings of DDC are chaired by Rahila Brahma, joint secretary of BTC. She is accountable to all the civil development matters of the districts as the head of the DDCs. As the officer comes to the Baksa district headquarters, Mushalpur once a month for a couple of hours in order to attend the DDC meet, the overall development of the district has been badly affected.

There is no one to monitor the punctuality as well as the performance of the officers of different departments at Baksa District Centre, Mushalpur. As a result, a number of officers, most of them in charge of departments, are having a field day.

It has been a long-standing public demand in Baksa as well as other BTC districts to construct the office of the Joint Secretary in all district headquarters where public or public representatives can submit development-related applications for discussion and approval in the DDC meets ushering in rapid development of the districts.

On the other hand, the irregularity and late arrival of officers in their offices have been attributed to non-availability of officers� residences at Mushalpur. There is an an urgent need to construct officers� colonies at Mushalpur so that the officials can devote more time to their official works and the public.

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