SILCHAR, May 15 - Minister of Urban Development (Independent) and Health and Family Welfare (MoS) Pijush Hazarika has said that as part of a major facelift to the civic boards of the State, the Government has decided to pump in Rs 14.50 crore for the development of paver blocks and drains of Silchar Municipal area.
The minister, who is on a day-long visit to Silchar to take stock of the progress of health and civic amenities in the hub of south Assam, said that the Government understands the need to boost the civic and health facilities across the State.
“Along with rest of the civic boards in the State, Silchar Municipal Board shall have a major facelift in the coming days. The Government has decided to allocate Rs 14.50 crore for urban development under the Silchar Municipal Board. The city will soon witness high mast lights which will illuminate vast areas and give the city a beautiful look,” Hazarika said while issuing strict instructions to chairman of the civic board NN Tagore that unless the project estimate and technical sanction is submitted to the Department within a month, the board shall miss the financial benefit.
“If the tax collection amounts to Rs 50 lakh, why is there so much of trash spread across Silchar,” the Urban Development Minister questioned the SMB authorities. He advised the authorities to come up with stringent measures in giving spaces on rent to vendors.
The minister was given warm felicitation by the office bearers and staff of the Silchar Municipal Board and also by the Cachar district BJP on his maiden visit after assuming charges of the respective ministries.
Interestingly, during his visit to Silchar Medical College and Hospital, the minister enquired about the status of doctors and medical staff. During the visit, the minister asked to penalize a doctor by deducting one day’s salary since he was found absent from his duty.