BTC facing liabilities of Rs 2,300 cr

GUWAHATI, Jan 6 (Agencies) | Publish Date: 1/6/2021 12:29:54 PM IST

The new body of the Bodoland Autonomous Council (BTC) is facing huge liabilities amounting to Rs 2,300 crore and dealing with that has become a major headache for the Council. Meanwhile, the BTC has chalked out its priority areas for the coming days and the process of digitization of the records has started.

 Talking to The Assam Tribune, Chief Executive Member of the BTC, Pramod Boro said that they were shocked to know about the liabilities of the Council after assuming office. He said that almost all the major departments of the Council have substantial amount of liabilities with the Public Works Department topping the list with liability of Rs 900 crore.

 “There are reasons to believe that majority of the unpaid bills were fake ones. We have started the process of verifying all the unpaid bills and the fake ones will be cancelled,” he said.

He also said that there were instances when supplies were made against verbal orders without following the norms and some work orders were issued without financial sanctions. He revealed that most of the departments did not submit the utilization certificates for years and admitted that bringing the house in order would be a Herculean task.

Boro said that record keeping system was in a mess and it is almost impossible to trace out important documents. To deal with the problem, the Council has decided to digitize all the important documents from now on so that it can be traced out quickly whenever required.

With digitization of the records, it will be easier to scrutinize any record whenever required and chances of corruption will be minimized, he added.

The BTC chief said that providing effective governance to the people of the Bodoland Territorial Region (BTR) is the number one priority and all the 40 departments of the Council have been directed to start innovative planning. Only spending money received from the Central and State Governments should not be the priority of the departments and the priority should be to make proper planning so that the people are benefitted from the schemes, he said.

Boro said that eradicating corruption in implementation of rural development schemes would be another priority and steps have been initiated to link up the offices of the Village Council Development Committees (VCDC) with the BTC headquarters so that implementation of all the schemes can be thoroughly monitored.

Boro said that 80 per cent people of BTR area depend on agriculture, but no effective step has yet been taken to mechanize agriculture and to train up the farmers under different Government schemes. Marketing is another major problem, because of which the farmers are not getting due prices. The Council is planning to put in place a procurement and marketing scheme for the benefit of the farmers, he added.

Education sector is also plagued by problems like shortage of teachers, lack of proper infrastructure etc and a meeting will be held with senior officers of the department tomorrow to find ways to deal with the problems.

Similarly, the hospitals in the BTR area are facing problems like shortage of doctors , infrastructure etc and there are instances of doctors remaining absent from duty. Boro said that he would soon take up the issue with the State Government to improve healthcare facilities in the BTR.

The BTC chief further said that employment generation is the need of the hour and steps would be taken to ensure that the members of the self help groups get all the benefits of Government schemes including training, loans etc. He said that there are around 20,000 self help groups in the BTR but most of them are not getting the benefits of Central and State Government schemes. He said that in addition to the registered self help groups, there are a few thousand unregistered groups and the process of getting them registered would start soon so that they also get the benefits of Government schemes.



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