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Steps taken for beautification of Diplai beel
 KOKRAJHAR, Jan 9 – In a bid to boost eco-tourism in the BTC area, the Department of Forests & Environment, BTC has taken up several projects for the beautification of the Diplai beel and conservation of water bodies in the area.

In this regard, the DRDA, Kokrajhar has also extended support with 16 double paddling boats, four rowing boats, 70 life jackets, 30 lifebuoys, etc., for improving tourist facilities under the MGNREGA scheme.

BTC chief Hagrama Mohilary inaugurated the scheme ‘Renovation of traditional water bodies of Diplai beel (north and south side) recently. Addressing the gathering, Mohilary said that besides protecting the water bodies and natural resources, the local stakeholders will also be hugely benefitted by means of eco-tourism.

Speaking on the occasion, Kampa Borgoyari, deputy chief of the BTC and executive member, Department of Forests, etc., said that the BTC government has a long-term plan to develop eco-tourism in the whole area. At the same time, he elaborated on the need of conservation of biodiversity of the region. He further pointed out that the Diplai beel in particular should be used for catching fish by the locals. The BTC government has been trying to offer alternative livelihood support to the stakeholders of the local villages to engage them in eco-tourism development. Being a habitat of a large number of aquatic creatures and known for its water bodies, the area is also famous for a large number of migratory birds which congregate there, he added.

Employees’ body stages dharna: The State Employees’ Joint Action Committee, Assam recently staged a demonstration in front of the Deputy Commissioner’s Office, Kokrajhar, demanding immediate fulfilment of the legitimate demands of the State Government employees.

The committee also submitted a memorandum to the Chief Minister of Assam through the Deputy Commissioner of Kokrajhar.

In the memorandum, the employees’ body demanded immediate steps to control price rise of essential commodities, publication of the pay revision report for immediate implimentation, immediate release of arrears for 39 months since January, 2006 to March 31, 2009, eradication of discrepancies in respect of grade pay, increase of medical allowance to at least Rs 2,000 per month, implementation of time scale for all State Government employees, regularisation of employment of work-charge, muster roll, casual, daily wage, fixed pay and contractual employees and workers besides enhancement of the retirement age of fourth grade employees up to 62 years. The employees’ body also demanded provincialisation of non-provincialised educational institutions of the State.

IT hub at GU: The NTPC Foundation has recently agreed to provide setting up of an Information & Communication Centre at the Gauhati University campus, promoting higher education and employability of physically challenged students of the university, NTPC sources informed here.

An agreement was signed between the NTPC Foundation and the Gauhati University being represented by the general manager of NTPC Foundation, Dinesh Agarwal and the Registrar of the Gauhati University, UC Das respectively.

SP-VDPs meet: To gear up security measures, especially on the railway tracks and vulnerable locations in Kokrajhar district, PK Dutta, Superintendent of Police, Kokrajhar held a meeting recently.

As many as 46 village defence party (VDP) secretaries engaged in the protection of railway tracks and oil pipeline in the district took part in the meeting.

The sources further informed that the security has been beefed up involving VDPs in vital installations like railway track,s bridges, culverts and oil pipelines to foil any attempt of sabotage by anti-social and extremist elements.

In this regard, senior police officials, officers-in-charge and in-charges of the police stations and outposts of vulnerable locations of the district also attended the meeting and exchanged views with the VDPs for safety and security of the areas in the coming days.

Taking stock of the situation of deployment of VDPs under Kokrajhar, Fakiragram and Gossaigaon police stations, Kokrajhar SP PK Dutta underlined the responsibility of circle organisers of village defence organisations and expressed satisfaction over the role of VDPs in the district amid several odds.

However, the VDP secretaries in the meeting ventilated their problems and urged the district administration to solve these to meet the targets of engaging security in the vital installations.

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