Assam govt to give final shape for bifurcation of Dima Hasao; DHD reacts

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GUWAHATI, July 6: Finally, Assam government has moved forward for bifurcation of Dima Hasao district by creation of another district with finance minister Himanta Biswa Sarma writing to chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal for approval of the new district.

However disbanded DHD chief Dilip Nunisa reacted sharply to the move of the government and said it is an attempt of the government to divert the people from the core issue of implementing the memorandum of settlement (MoS) singed between Union government and DHD.

In his letter No M/HBS/1/2019 dated 5th July 2019, Sarma urged the chief minister to instruct the commissioner of hill areas department (HAD) to take necessary action to demarcate boundaries to bifurcate Dima Hasao district into two district in consultation with all concerned officials.

“The government of Assam while placing the budget for 2019-20, announcement has been made for creation of a separate district bifurcating the present Dima Hasao district. This will help to make all round socio-economic development of the people of both the district,” Sarma said in his letter to Sonowal.

In his budget speech on February 6, Sarma had announced the bifurcation of Dima Hasao considering its large geography and hilly terrain which makes the access to government services difficult for the citizens.

Sarma had stated that when India became a sovereign republic, Assam was formed with just 13 districts. However, over the last 69 years, the pace of life, as well as the economic activity in the state, has increased to a great extent, thereby creating the need for smaller districts for increased administrative control.

Therefore, for better access to government services in the hilly region, the government had decided to bifurcate the existing Dima Hasao district, the finance minister had said in his budget speech.

Dima Hasao district — earlier called North Cachar Hills district — is an administrative district of the state. ‘Dima Hasao’ means “Dimasa Hills” in the Dimasa language.

Dima Hasao comprises three subdivisions: Haflong, Maibang and Diyungbra. The district consists of five Community Development Blocks: Jatinga Valley Development Block (Mahur), Diyung Valley Development Block (Maibang), Harangajao ITD Block (Harangajao), Diyungbra ITD Block (Diyungmukh) and New Sangbar Development Block (Sangbar). There are four town committees Haflong, Mahur, Maibang and Umrongso in the hill district.

Reacting sharply to the move, disbanded DHD chief Dilip Nunisa said, “The Assam government is diverting the issue of implementing the memorandum of settlement (MoS) between the Union government and the DHD on October 8 by bifurcation of Dima Hasao district. This is a double standard policy of Assam government.”

“It is the NCHAC which has to play major role in integrity of geographical boundary and the land belongs to Autonomous Council not state government. This is our ancestral land of erstwhile Kachari kingdom or Hirimba kingdom not belonged to others,” Nunisa said.

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