[Assam] Dispur empty!

Ram Sarangapani assamrs at gmail.com
Tue Dec 19 16:04:00 PST 2006

  This from The Sentinel. This must be a joke.It seems there are no
ministers or opposition members, or even high level bureaucrats around. It
must be the annual Dispur siesta.

Upai nai, hobo diok, kopalot ji likha,....words fail me!

An empty Dispur; whither performance?
By a Staff Reporter
GUWAHATI, Dec 19: Asom Government provided each and every MLA and minister
of the State with a laptop so as to make the State administration active and
smooth. The Winter Session of the State Assembly was adjourned sine die on
December 15, and on December 19 Dispur is literally empty as if there is no
task for the ministers to do now. This and many such incidents are glaring
examples for which the performances in a number of departments like
Irrigation and PWD are a total failure.
According to sources, while Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi and his ministerial
colleagues Prithibi Majhi, Pranab Gogoi, Bharat Narah and Goutom Roy left
for New Delhi, Himanta Biswa Sarma, Pramilarani Brahma and Chandan Brahma
left for Kokrajhar. Among the other ministers, Goutom Bora is in Dibrugarh,
Khorsing Ingti in Karbi Anglong, Nurzamal Sarkar in Tezpur, Rockybul Hussain
in Nagaon, Ripun Bora in Gohpur and Pradyut Bordoloi in Tinsukia. The
ministers who are in Guwahati but have not attended their offices today are
Dr Nazrul Islam and Rihon Daimary. The ministers who attended their offices
today, only in the morning, are Dr Bhumidhar Barman, Ajanta Neog and Dinesh
Prasad Goala. Assembly Speaker Tanka Bahadur Rai is in New Delhi heading an
all-party delegation, and the Chief Minister is in the national capital to
attend a meeting of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA).
This is not all. If anything serious happens and the ministers fail to act
with the right earnestness, there is none to catch them on the wrong foot as
most of the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) members are also away. It may be
mentioned here that a number of AGP leaders, including party president
Brindabon Goswami, are in New Delhi to register their protest against, what
they call, the Centre's failure to hold peace talks with the ULFA.
It may be mentioned here that a few years ago Asom Chief Minister Tarun
Gogoi was on the top of India Today's ranking of chief ministers in
accordance with their performance, but in the latest ranking, also by India
Today, Gogoi has gone down to the fifth slot.
On the bureaucratic front, while Chief Secretary S Kabilan is going to
retire voluntarily tomorrow, Finance Commissioner Himangshu Sekhar Das is
going on leave for nearly one-and-a-half months beginning December 20.
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