Silchar, April 20: Cachar deputy commissioner S. Viswanathan's initiative of launching a mobile application to monitor implementation of the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Act (MGNREGA) in the district, has been selected for the Chief Minister's Award for Excellence in Public Administration.
Viswanathan, who will receive the award from chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal this evening, assumed office as the deputy commissioner on May 24, 2015. He is also a recipient of Manthan Award under the district collector digital champion category for 2016-17.
Viswanathan said, "It is a team effort and each and every official of the Cachar district administration has played his or her part. The credit goes to the people who have always been frank and supportive. I am thankful to the government for recognising the efforts and this will be a motivation for us in the future."
On being asked about the current status of the East-West corridor (Mahasadak) project, Viswanathan said, "Environmental clearance (for Cachar district) has already been obtained and formalities regarding the tender-calling process is under way, which is likely to be completed within this month."
Asked about a probable solution to the age-old traffic congestion in Silchar town, he said a meeting was recently held in this connection and necessary action would soon be taken. Viswanathan said various development projects, including broad-gauge, green signal for night landing in Silchar (Kumbhirgram) airport, passport seva kendra and others materialised in Barak Valley during his tenure as deputy commissioner of the district.
Cachar district has witnessed remarkable development in the past two years, he added.
Mentioning the Clean Silchar mission, Viswanathan said Silchar town is cleaner than before. Three non-government organisations are there to collect garbage, and a cleaning drive is under way in major sewerage channels like Rangirkhal and Singirkhal to improve the drainage system.
An eviction drive will soon begin after measurement work of the encroached land along the sewerage channels is completed.