Assam to develop mechanism to reach out to ‘small communities’

Assam to develop mechanism to reach out to ‘small communities’

Bokajan MLA Dr. Numal Momin addresses RNSU’s 21st Fresher’s Social Meet


Morung Express News
Diphu | October 8


The Government of Assam is now planning a method of grassroots political representation whereby small communities of the State will be able to contact the State Government directly to discuss their grievances, and vice versa.


The Chief Minister of Assam, among other plans to uplift small communities plagued by various maladies, will device “some form of representation that will help small communities with 2000-3000 population to communicate directly with the Government,” said Dr. Numal Momin, MLA of Bokajan (ST) constituency of the Assam Legislative Assembly. He was speaking as Chief Guest at the 21st Fresher’s Social Meet of the Rengma Naga Students’ Union (RNSU), Diphu Unit, at the Rengma Student’s Hostel in Matipung here today.

He explained that in Karbi Anglong itself there are 29 peoples’ groups but the district has been “reeling under extreme underdevelopment.” “We are facing a big challenge to develop Karbi Anglong, and the only way is for all communities to work together,” noted the MLA while taking note of a memorandum submitted to him by the RNSU’s Central Executive Committee. The memorandum appealed for the socio-economic development of the Rengma Nagas living in Assam by providing all weather roads, electrification of villages, medical sub-centres, mobile towers and a students’ hostel at Silonijan.


Addressing some of these points, Dr. Momin clarified that the Central Government plans to achieve electrification of all villages in the Indian Union by March 2018. He also stated that plans to build some roads in the particular region of Karbi Anglong are already underway. Besides, to help the educated and uneducated youth of the region, the Government of Assam plans to set up institutional skill development mechanisms as well as funding that aim towards their “self sufficiency.” These, however, will come with stringent accountability methods so that funds are not misutilised, as has been the case in the State for very long.


“Corruption is a more dreaded disease than cancer and TB. You should resist corruption and raise your voice against it at every level, in your villages and outside,” said the MLA while exhorting the freshers.


Dr. Momin is one among the few political leaders in Assam who have visited the extremely underdeveloped Rengma Naga regions that fall in Karbi Anglong, Assam. Emerging from a humble background himself, the MLA promised the students that “I am trying very hard to resolve your problems,” for which he is already in talks with the Chief Minister of Assam. Noting that accountability is an important part of his method of governance, he explained how he had given up his career as Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Guwahati Medical College in order to transform society through electoral politics.


Thus, “I will not tolerate any corruption under my vision,” the MLA maintained. The program also heard encouraging speeches from Dr. Victoria Seb Khing (MBBS, DIFM, DIP Ultrasound) and Eshachor Rengma (Executive Secretary, WRBA).