HAILAKANDI, Jan 16: To remove the sense of alienation and bring the administration closer to the people, Hailakandi district administration in Assam embarked on a mass contact programme focusing on inaccessible and far-flung areas.
Initiating the mass contact programme at the directive of the chief minister, deputy commission, Adil Khan visited Gutguti, an interior and inaccessible area close to the Assam-Mizoram border, Reang community concentration, with a team of officials on Sunday.
The road to Gutguti under Katlicherra revenue circle in South Hailakandi can be reached after negotiating inhospitable and undulating terrain, rickety bamboo and log bridges. Apart from Gutguti, members of the Reang community are living in remote areas like Riflemara and Dumcherra under South Hailakandi development block. Around 19,000 people of this community are living in the southern part of Assam along the inter-state boundary.
The DC along with Superintendent of Police Mohneesh Mishra interacted with men and women of Reang community who expressed optimism that things will change for the better and they will enjoy the fruits of development with the visit of the top district officials to their remote area.
The Reang community leaders informed the DC that the major problem faced by the people is lack of road communication. Health, education and drinking water are other problems plaguing the people. At the instruction of the DC, District Development Commissioner, FR Laskar took note of the problems confronting the community.
The DC explained to the people that his purpose of coming to the backward village was to get first-hand account of the problems confronting them and find ways to redress their grievances. The outreach programme gave him an opportunity to directly witness a wide range of problems faced by the Reang community, he said.
The southern tip of Hailakandi district is plagued with problems of extremism and backwardness and Gutguti along with its adjoining villages fall under it.
Lauding the efforts of the DC to connect with the people through the mass contact programme, the SP said it will go a long way in bridging the gap between the people and administration.
SDO, Katlicherra, James Aind, District BJP president, Subrata Nath, senior officials of the administration and district heads of major departments also accompanied the DC.