GUWAHATI: The Centre has sanctioned yet another huge Rs 63.19 crore fund to uplift drinking water in Assam.
Official sources here say the ministry of Rural Development has sanctioned the Rs 63.19 crore balance amount of the first instalment of funds for Asom against the provisional allocation of Rs 189.59 crore for the State Government under the Accelerated Rural Water Supply Programme (Normal) of Rajiv Gandhi National Drinking Water Mission, during the year 2007-08.
Under this sanction, released under this sanction, may be utilized for operation and maintenance and up to 5 per cent of funds may be spent for taking sustainability measures. States have been requested to delegate powers for management of Rural Water Supply Schemes through the Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs) as per the Constitution of India. No expenditure shall be incurred on taking water quality problems from this amount as there is a separate allocation for the purpose.
The entire amount is being made for execution/completion of schemes to provide safe drinking water facilities to rural habitations and schools under the Centrally-sponsored ARWSP. Priorities set in ARWSP guidelines and through other instructions issued from time to time shall be followed for coverage of rural habitations and rural schools.
23 Nov 2008 - 3:36am | editor
Some unidentified miscreants shot dead a journalist in the heart of the Kokrajhar town on Saturday afternoon. The journalist, Jagjit Saikia, was working as a correspondent of the Amar Asom, a vernacular daily published from Guwahati.
According to eyewitness , some unidentified miscreants attacked Saikia when he was standing in front of his office at the Brahma Complex in the heart of the Kokrajhar town. A grievously injured Saikia was rushed to the Rupnath Brahma Civil Hospital but he was declared brought dead.
After the incident , the miscreants fled from the scene. Later, police arrived on the spot and started operation to nab the culprits. The miscreants have yet to be ascertained but these are believed to be the BRTF militants who are behind this incident.
Janasewak Janardan Pathak attended as the Guest of the Month program of Guwahati Press Club on Sunday. Born in a remote village of Nalbari district and now a resident of Sariahjan of Karbi Aglong, Gandhian Pathak (90) is a Commerce graduate of Fifties. But he has dedicated his life for the development of tribal people of Assam.
The Electronic Media Forum Assam (EMFA) has announced the third EMFA awards to be held in the second half of January 2013 in the city. The exclusive media forum for the television journalists and non-journalist employees has also invited entries for the 3rd EMFA Media Awards 2012.
Addressing the reporters in Guwahati Press club today morning the EMFA has also informed that the entries for the annual awards should be telecast between 1st January 2012 and 31st December 2012 through the television channels and those must reach the office of EMFA (c/o Guwahati Press Club, Ambari, Guwahati-781001) by January 7, 2013. The awards will be given in 16 categories comprising on specific reporting, program and technical expertise and excellence. The forum has also decided to invite a reputed television editor-journalist to grace the occasion.