Guwahati, Saturday, December 18, 2010

Call for civil subdivision at Umrangso
 HAFLONG, Dec 17 – Expressing serious concern over the apathetic attitude of the State Government as well as Dima Hasao Autonomous Council, Elisha Chingthong, former Executive Member of erstwhile NC Hills District Council reiterated the demand of creation of a civil subdivision at Umrangso as the best solution to the plight of the people of Umrangso in particular and of Garampani constituency in general.

 Chingthon was the executive member 1980 to 1987 and during his tenure almost all the heads of developmental departments like PHE, Industries, PWD NEC etc were established. In the year 1984, NEEPCO also was commissioned.

Talking to this correspondent, Chingthong who is now the advisor of Somidar Karbi Amei (SKA) disclosed that on October 19, 1982 a memorandum was submitted to the then Governor of Assam, Prakash Mehrotra by the then Chief Executive Member, NC Hills District Council KK Hojai at NEEPCO, Umrangso with the proposal of creation of civil subdivisions at Maibang and Umrangso. In the year 1986, Maibang subdivision was created but the demand for the creation of subdivision at Umrangso remained as it were. He said absence of a subdivision at Umrangso is the prime cause of concern among the people of the locality. Umrangso being situated at a distance of 120 km from district head quarters Haflong, presence of governance is seldom felt by the people at Umrangso. For the district administration also, it is a troublesome job to administer. And Umrangso being the only industrial town and the prime source of revenue, it has become the need of hour to turn Umrangso into a civil subdivision soon.

Answering some question of this correspondent, concerned with the present anarchy in the district of Dima Hasao, Chingthong said “in our days the political leaders were made by the people and we were the servants of the public. We had to work for the development of these people but now the leaders are made by some one else and not the people, therefore they have to serve those people who have made them political leaders. Earlier, the leaders were to work for the people for at least few years then they were allowed to contest in the election but now a days the leaders are made overnight, there is no need for any social work to be done by them. In short these are the prime causes for the political wavering in the district”, he said.