Guwahati, Sept. 18: The turmoil in BTAD is holding back the delegation of responsibilities to the newly-appointed PCC office-bearers.
Assam PCC president Bhubaneswar Kalita told The Telegraph that it was not the right time to effect changes, given the situation in the BTAD. “The PCC is functioning. I have asked my new team to carry on as before. We need experienced hands to deal with exigencies like the BTAD riots. New responsibilities and duties will be delegated once the turmoil ebbs,” Kalita said. The new team was constituted last month.
Though Kalita apparently seems to be in no hurry to delegate responsibilities, there is unease within a section of the 52-member PCC. This section feels that the delay in announcing the new team and subsequent delay in delegating responsibilities will affect the party with the panchayat elections round the corner.
Anil Raja, senior general secretary, who was in charge of publicity, control room and finance in the last team, articulated the party’s concern to The Telegraph. “Concern over BTAD is appreciated but we can’t ignore the other districts, particularly those from which the Congress draws most of its strength — like Upper Assam. Most districts have become inactive in the absence of planning. We need to arrest such trends as panchayat polls are in December. We need to do away with ad hocism,” Raja said.
Y.L. Karna, in-charge vice-president of the BTAD, today said after a stock-taking visit to Chirang that the overall situation in the area was improving. However, reports from a review meeting involving the group of ministers, senior bureaucrats and chief minister Tarun Gogoi at the secretariat here suggested that it was going to be a long haul for Dispur vis-ŕ-vis rehabilitation.
Newly appointed parliamentary secretary (home) Bhupen Kumar Borah was an invitee to the meeting. “Rehabilitation of around 13,000 inmates with land documents will start in Chirang district soon. Funds will be released to schools to build infrastructure to resume classes and waiver of fees was also decided,” a source said.