Assam: Minority scheme fails to reach Christian village

October 30, 2013 by  
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Road construction connecting Tamenglong district headquarters town to Haflong in Assam

Road construction connecting Tamenglong district headquarters town to Haflong in Assam

Assam, October 29, 2013: The scheme includes construction of houses, health centers, industrial training institutes, schools, laboratories and destitution of minority scholarship in minority-dominated districts.

Some Christians in Assam-Meghalaya border say their village continues underdeveloped without having any benefit from the Prime Minister’s Multi-Sector Development Program ((MsDP) meant for minorities.

Kinangaon village of some150 Garo Christian families does not have a high school, college, health centre, safe drinking water supply, proper electricity, mobile phone facility or even a proper road.

The village, barely 70 km from Assam’s capital, remains completely cut off from the rest of Kamrup district during monsoon, Dilip Sangma, the village headman, told Telegraph news paper.

He said the village, under Boko revenue circle in Kamrup district, has only a government lower primary and middle English school with two teachers for each institute. There is not a single college in Kinangaon.

“After completion of the school, students have to go either to Boko or the Meghalaya side of the border for further studies. Despite all odds, the village has been able to produce some graduates, post-graduates and a few doctors and engineers. Unfortunately, most of the educated youths from this village have to migrate to Meghalaya to get employment,” Sangma added.

Apart from basic infrastructure and civic amenities, the village has not received any education benefit, including minority scholarships.

Russel R. Marak, an educated youth who recently sat for the Teachers Eligibility Test (TET) but could not clear it, said political leaders come to the village only during elections.

“I have heard about MsDP. But I have not noticed any kind of initiative from the government’s end to implement the Prime Minister’s scheme,” Russel said.

Kinangaon is just one example of the state government’s failure to effectively implement the program in the state and this seems ironical, as it has been making tall claims of welfare of minorities.

The scheme includes construction of houses, health centers, industrial training institutes, schools, laboratories and destitution of minority scholarship in minority-dominated districts. Followers of Islam, Christianity, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism are considered minorities.

Kamrup deputy commissioner J. Balaji expressed ignorance on Kinangaon and appealed to villagers to approach his office.

I will also inquire whether any scheme was sanctioned or not earlier for the village. If it is a fit case, we will definitely implement MsDP for the people of Kinangaon,” Balaji said.

– the telegraph

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