Prepare list of poor people: Sonowal tells BDOs

Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal has asked the block development officers in the state to prepare a list of poor persons in consultations with the local MLAs and submit the list within 15 days to the panchayat and rural development department.

At a high-level review meeting with chief executive officers, project directors and block development officers at the Shilpgram, Guwahati on Thursday, the chief minister asked the officials to transform the office of every BDO as a model office.

“Our government wants to make every development block as a model office so that poor persons get proper treatment and need not have to face harassment in getting their work done,” he said.

“You must ensure that a poor person has a hassle-free experience while filing any complaint. You have to dispose of his application within a day. Make sure he does not have to come again for the same work,” he said.

Sonowal also directed the BDOs to put up complaint boxes at their respective offices and to dispose of the complaints without any further delay.

Expressing concern over the delay in construction of two lakh houses under the Pradhan Mantri Grameen Awas Yojana across the state, Sonowal asked the BDOs to complete the task within the next two months.

The chief minister warned of stern action if the target is not met by the respective BDOs. He also asked the officials to enlist the approved proposals of gaon sabhas in the register book. “It must be recorded in the register book that the schemes have been formulated in deference to the wishes of the people,” he added.

On the allegation levelled by local MLA that a private gym has been set up with funds from the Central government at Jagiroad, chief minister Sonowal asked the concerned BDO to inquire into it and to submit a report to him.

Minister for panchayat and rural development Naba Kumar Doley said the officials have to take the people into confidence while executing any scheme.

The meeting was attended by PWD minister Parimal Suklabaidya and chief secretary VK Pipersenia, among others.

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