GUWAHATI, Feb 6: The state budget 2019-20 has increased the allocation for hill areas to Rs 2,287 crore this fiscal. “I propose to allocate a total outlay of Rs 2,287 crore for hill areas in the budget 2019-20. The state government is committed towards the overall socio-economic growth and sustainable development to ensure lasting peace and harmony, finance minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said in his state budget on Wednesday.
The Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council (KAAC) and North Cachar Hills Autonomous Council (NCHAC) are being administered by the hill areas department as the nodal department of the state government, he said.
The state government has decided to create a separate new district from the existing Dima Hasao district considering its large geography and hilly terrain which makes the access of government services difficult for the citizens, he said.
“In Karbi Anglong, we had promised a special grant of Rs 10 crore for each of the 26 constituencies under Karbi Anglong Autonomous Councils (KAAC). To this effect, we have already released an amount of Rs. 100 crore in 2018-19 fiscal. We will release the remaining sum of Rs 160 crore in 2019-20 fiscal thereby fulfilling our commitment,” Sarma said.
“We have almost completed the construction of Diphu Medical College and Hospital and we hope to start the Medical College Hospital in 2019-20,” he said.
“We would also like to allocate an additional Rs. 10 crore for various development projects under each of the 26 constituencies of autonomous councils over a period of three years. We have allocated an initial sum of Rs. 87 crore in the current budget for these schemes,” he said.
“I had announced several projects for developing Dima Hasao into a model district. We have already taken up preparatory works for setting up a Civil Services Academy for the officers of Assam Civil Services cadres in Umrangso. We will also take up restoration of road connectivity to Umrangso for easy accessibility,” the minister said.
“APDCL receives around Rs 6 crore as its share from North Eastern Electrical Power Corporation (NEEPCO) under the revenue sharing scheme. This power plant is located in Dima Hasao district. Acknowledging this fact, we would like to provide additional support of Rs. 22 crore to cover the shortfall in salary payments. We will go further,” the minister also said.
The construction of RCC Dam at Upper Dighalpani Biswanath Pathar village, construction of Karbi traditional Cultural Hall under Rongkhang Development Block at Ranghang Rangbong, the Bagori Tourist Lodge at Kaziranga Entry Point and construction of Community Health Centre (30 Bedded Model Hospital) including residential quarters of Medical Officers and other staff at Kheroni SHC Campus have been completed. The minister said.
Rongkhelon PWSS and CEM Bungalow at Diphu have already been completed as well as 114 numbers of AIBP Schemes have been completed in Karbi Anglong district, he said.
Further, the construction of the 100 bedded girl’s hostel at Bhoksong, Karbi Anglong district under RMSA as well as the GNM Training School & Hostel in Haflong Civil Hospital campus, Dima Hasao district are another significant activities in respect of hill areas, he said.
The Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) has been adopted by both the Autonomous Councils of Karbi Anglong and NC Hills.