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Dispur mulls package for fishermen

- Gogoi calls for clean secretariat

Guwahati, June 13: Dispur is contemplating a rehabilitation package for the 815-odd families who earn their livelihood through fishing in Deepor Beel and give a clean look to the secretariat complex, the seat of administration.

Deepor Beel is a wetland and Ramsar Site situated on the outskirts here. Illegal encroachment near the wetland and fishing are threatening to cause an imbalance in its eco-system.

Assuring a 10-member delegation of Asom Anusuchit Jati Yuba Chatra Santha today, chief minister Tarun Gogoi said, “The government will take all possible steps to stop the flow of contaminated water into the Deepor Beel from nearby factories and prevent fresh encroachment.”

Gogoi also said the government would look into SC/ST reservation in venture schools and appointment in different posts under the National Rural Health Mission.

The delegation led by Santha president Nripen Das and secretary Nityananda Das submitted a charter of demands to Gogoi, which included enhancement of funds, Sati Radhika Cultural Project in each district and recruitment of Scheduled Caste candidates in river police.

In a separate meeting with senior officials today, Gogoi discussed ways to improve the level of cleanliness in the Assam secretariat. He called for concerted efforts in ensuring a clean and healthy work environment.

“Regular inspection of blocks and premises in the secretariat complex should be carried out to identify areas that need urgent attention, especially sanitation and water supply. The complex needs to be spruced up for transforming the work environment,” he said.

Gogoi also directed officers and employees to be punctual and ensure proper usage of open spaces in the complex.