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Mass contact programme begins in Hailakandi
Correspondent
 HAILAKANDI, Jan 17 - To remove the sense of alienation and bring the administration closer to the people, the Hailakandi district administration has embarked on a mass contact programme focusing on the inaccessible and far-flung areas of the district.

Initiating the mass contact programme at the directive of the Chief Minister, deputy commissioner Adil Khan visited Gutguti, an interior and inaccessible area close to the Assam-Mizoram border, on Sunday. The area is inhabited by the Reang community.

The deputy commissioner along with Superintendent of Police Mohneesh Mishra interacted with the Reang men and women who expressed optimism that things would change for the better and they would enjoy the fruits of development with the visit of top district officials to this remote area.

The outreach programme gave the officials an opportunity to directly witness a wide range of problems the Reang community is facing.

The Reang community leaders told the deputy commissioner that the greatest problem being faced by the people in this area is that of poor road communication and urged him to initiate steps for mitigating their woes. Health, education and drinking water are other problems plaguing the people of the area, they added.

At the directive of the deputy commissioner, district development commissioner FR Laskar took note of the problems the community has been facing for long. He explained to the people that his purpose of coming to this backward village was to get a first-hand account of the problems and find ways to redress their grievances.

The southern tip of Hailakandi district has long been plagued with problems of extremism and backwardness.

As part of the outreach programme, Khan also visited a remote village named Kundanala under Nunai forest village of Lala development block with senior officials on Wednesday. He interacted with the members of the Reang and other Tripura-based communities to get first-hand information of the problems in the area.

Following the appraisal of the problems, Khan assured them that steps would be taken to restore the defunct water supply scheme, besides installation of 50 solar street lights under CSR fund.

Khan also assured the inhabitants that steps would be taken to set up a health sub-centre. A one-day health camp was organised by the health authorities on Wednesday in which scores of people availed treatment free of cost.

The deputy commissioner also visited Baruncherra, a remote village in the district, and addressed a meeting there in which he urged the people to avail the benefits of various welfare schemes extended by the state and central governments.

Lauding the efforts of the deputy commissioner to connect with the people through the mass contact programme, the SP said it would go a long way in bridging the gap between the people and the administration.

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