No BJP-AGP pact for local bodies elections: Himanta; Rs 70 crore for payment of 10-month pending salaries of NCHAC staff

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HT Correspondent

HAFLONG, July 10: There will be no poll pact between BJP and AGP for the upcoming elections to North Cachar Hills Autonomous Council (NCHAC), which will be conducted within this year, Assam finance minister and central executive member of BJP Himanta Biswa Sarma said here on Tuesday.

“The BJP-AGP tie up is only for Lok Sabha and assembly elections only. But for elections to local bodies, including panchayats, town committees and autonomous councils, both the parties will contest independently,” Sarma said addressing a press conference at Circuit House here on Monday night.

“However, the final decision will be taken by the leaders of both the parties,” he added

Sarma said the Assam government will release Rs 70 crore as one-time assistance to North Cachar Hills Autonomous Council (NCHAC) for payment of 10-month salaries to the employees of the council.

The minister also announced a package of Rs 50 crore as short-term assistance to the council for infrastructure development projects in the district. He also said that an additional amount of Rs 100 crore will be provided to the council for all round development of the hill district.

Sarma, who was on a two-day visit to the hill district, said he has reviewed the progress of all development projects, including infrastructure, agriculture and education and and will come back in August next to monitor the implementation of the projects.

Sarma said the Science stream will be introduced in Maibang College. He said the works of the Haflong Polytechnic, which has been stopped for years back, will be started again. The proposal for setting up of an engineering college in Diyungbra will also be finalised, he further said.

A massive skill development programme will be launched in the hill district under the guidance of a group of ministers (GoM) here.

The minister also assured to take up the issue of non-implementation of the National Highway  54 passing through the hill district.

The minister who has arrived here on Monday was given warm  welcome  at Manderdisa by CEM of NCHAC, Debolal Gorlosa, EMs and party members. On arrival from Lumding to Langting, he inaugurated the newly renovated the Durga Mondap at Langting.

The minister travelled by road through Maibang to Haflong and was given a warm reception by party workers at Mahur on the way. On arrival in Haflong, he reviewed the development work and prepared road map for development of the district in a meeting with all HoDs of relevant department sat Circuit House.

HAD minister Sum Ronghang, Minister, CEM of Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council (KAAC), Tuliram Ronghang, MLA BB Hagjer, commissioner of PWD, special DGP Pallab Bhattacharya amd principal secretary (health) Dr Samir Sinha were present.

He also inaugurated District Early Intervention Center under Rashtriya Bal Swasthya Karyakram (RBSK)  at  Civil hospital to ensure early identification & effective intervention for children of 0-18 years covering 4 D’s (Defects at birth, Deficiencies, Diseases, Development delays like disability). Later, the minister inaugurated the Organic Food Market Complex at Town Committee Field (Lal Field) here. He also reviewed the progress of various development schemes in the hill district in a meeting with all head of the departments at Circuit House. The minister also held a meeting with civil societies, apex bodies and student bodies.

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