BISWANATH CHARIALI, May 20 – The newly-appointed SDO(C) of Gohpur subdivision in Sonitpur district, Mouchum Baruah took over charge of office recently from Paul Baruah, who was promoted to the Department of Tourism as a deputy secretary.
However, the people of Gohpur allege that acute shortage of officers and employees has hit the smooth functioning of a good number of Government offices in the subdivision. It may be mentioned here that Gohpur was declared as the third sub-division of Sonitpur district of January 26, 2000. As a result, the slogan uttered by the State Government, ‘Raijor padulit raijor sorkar’ has become obsolete in Gohpur, people opine.
According to official sources, at present no Extra Assistant Commissioner (EAC) is serving in the administration, though atleast two EACs must be appointed in a subdivisional head-quarter. Likewise, no Subdivisional Information and Public Relation Officer (SDIPRO) has been appointed since the declaration of the subdivision. The subdivisional office of the Department of Agriculture has been running without an officer since the last five months. The earlier incumbent, Hareswar Saikia was killed in a road mishap while coming to his office.
In the same office, only one Agriculture Development Officer is serving instead of three officers, while two posts of inspectors and the posts of gram sevaks at Howajan, Rangalial, Bakari, Goroimari, Tinikonia, Karibil and Gamiri are lying vacant.
The Sub-Divisional Welfare Office is also run by an officer-in-charge. The Halem Circle Officer, Sanjib Doli has been looking after the job. The deputy superintendent’s office of Excise Department lacks inspectors and clerks.
On the other hand, only one SI has been working in the Chaiduar Elementary Education Block while three posts are lying vacant, at Kalabari, Gohpur and North Gohpur circles.
The affected people have therefore urged the State Government to take immediate action to fill up these vaccant posts.