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Mohilary rues staff shortage

Kokrajhar, Jan. 8: Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) chief Hagrama Mohilary today complained of shortage of officers and other staff in the council. He was talking to reporters after the winter session of the Bodoland Territorial Council Legislative Assembly held today at the BTC Legislative Assembly House, Bodofa Nwgwr, in Kokrajhar.

Mohilary said there is a shortage of officers and staff in all the 39 departments now under the BTC.

He said there is a need for at least one officer in five departments, which are suffering from lack of manpower. He clarified that the appointments of gazetted officers are not under the jurisdiction of BTC. “The BTC has already taken up the matter with the Assam government,” he said.

The Assembly has also passed a bill for supplementary demands for grants of an additional amount of Rs 118,63 lakh for the year 2013-14.

In reply to a question raised by BTC member Kartick Chandra Boro, executive member Chrisostom Tudu said the revenue collected in BTAD during the year, 2012-13 is Rs 18,30,84,267.00 and 2013-14 (upto November 13) is Rs 12,59,27,144.00.

He said the excise department, BTC is a transferred subject, but the revenue earned in BTAD is not deposited to the BTC’s account. “There is a proposal from the BTC to the state government to share excise revenue at a 90:10 ratio (90 for BTC and 10 for state). The matter is still pending with the state government,” he said.

In reply to a question raised by UDPF leader Pradeep Daimary, Mohilary said an expert committee would report the feasibility of the creation of the Bodoland state. He said the committee would consider the opinion of people living in the region, including Bodos.

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