HAILAKANDI, July 4 - State Governor PB Acharya visited Hailakandi jail yesterday and expressed serious concern over the dilapidated condition of the prison, besides the meagre amenities for the inmates.
In his first-ever day-long visit to Hailakandi district on Sunday, the Governor asked the officials of the district administration to upgrade the sanitation, water supply, accommodation facilities, etc for the inmates.
He reminded the officials present that a jail was meant to be a reformative institution for the convicts, hence its environment should be clean and healthy. He therefore asked the authorities concerned to take immediate steps regarding overcrowding in the jail. He stressed the need of popularising yoga inside the jail for the inmates.
Earlier, the Governor held a meeting with top officials of the district and reviewed the progress of various ongoing welfare schemes of the different departments. He asked the officials to work sincerely for the benefit of the common people. He fixed the target of 100 days work of the Government and asked the officials to ensure the target within the stipulated time.
The Deputy Commissioner of Hailakandi district, Malay Bora, newly-appointed Superintendent of Police Pranabjyoti Goswami, District Development Commissioner Barenya Das and other top officials of the district attended the meeting.
The Governor also interacted with the three MLAs of the district, representatives of various political parties and leading citizens and discussed the numerous problems of the district. He asked the elected representatives to dedicate themselves for the development of the people.
He elaborated on the role of elected representatives in a democracy. He advised them to go to the people who elected them and try to understand their problems. He expressed serious concern over the poor academic condition of the Government-run schools in Hailakandi district and stressed the need for changing the present format of the government schools in order to get better results.
He assured that the matter of Government-administered schools will be discussed with the State Government soon. He also expressed serious concern over the backwardness of Kalyan Ashram and held the authorities concerned responsible for its present plight, i.e., even after 30 years of its existence. He made a strong case for taking proper step for the socio-economic and academic uplift of the tribal people of Hailakandi district.
He also exchanged views with the leading citizens regarding the problems of Hailakandi’s SK Roy Civil Hospital. The meeting was attended by the people’s representatives, namely Anwar Hussain Laskar of Hailakandi, Sujam Uddin Laskar of Katlicherra and Nijam Uddin Choudhury of Algapur, BJP’s Kshitish Paul and Kaushik Rai, Hilal Uddin Barbhuiya of AIUDF, Samsuddin Barlaskar of Congress, Kamrul Islam Barbhuiya of AGP, MP Radheshyam Biswas, Adhir Nath of CPM, chairman of Hailakandi Zilla Parishad, Anam Uddin Laskar, educationist Manash Kanti Das and Jahar Sarma Mazumdar, among others.
Governor Acharya also felicitated some meritorious students at a function organised at the Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya in Monacherra of Hailakandi district and stressed the need of learning the mother tongue. Come what may, the mother tongue should not be neglected in lieu of learning English. Both are equally important for a student, he added