Government Apathy Writ Large In Tengnoupal Block

SDO Office functioning from a rented accommodation. Image Credit: Sangai Photo.

IMPHAL, Feb 11:  Whether it is apathy or irresponsibility, most of the Government offices located in Tengnoupal Block of Chandel district do not have their own buildings.

While the SDO and BDO offices are being run in rented rooms, the FCS godown located in the block has been lying empty for the last 10 years.

Though the offices of Sub-Divisional Officer and Block Development Officer are most important for a block, the two offices are being run in rented rooms belonging to a private individual at Tengnoupal Bazar.

With no rice or sugar stored in the FCS godown located at Tengnoupal Bazar for the last 10 years, the godown has been transformed into a garbage pit.

People of the block have not been getting PDS items like rice, sugar, kerosene etc.

Moreover, important departments like PHED, Agriculture, Veterinary and Social Welfare have neither office building nor any infrastructure.

Social worker H Benjamin Mate who is a resident of Tengnoupal village said that Chandel district has surpassed Tamenglong district in terms of backwardness.

He said that people of Tengnoupal block did not receive any aid or benefit from Public Distribution System (PDS).

Even as the villagers were given cards for AAY, BPL and APL, they have not been getting any benefits from these different schemes.

Probably, the MLA and the concerned officers have taken the PDS items meant for the people of Tengnoupal Block to their own quarters. It’s been a long time since PDS items were not brought to Tengnoupal, Benjamin said.

Even as one FCS godown was built at Tengnoupal in 1998, not a single grain of rice or sugar has ever been stored in the godown.

Benjamin further decried that there is no water supply scheme at Tengnoupal. With no water supply scheme, the villagers are facing severe difficulties in finding and fetching water.

Even as office buildings for SDO, SDC and BDO of Tengnoupal Block were inaugurated in January 2006 some distance away from Tengnoupal Bazar, the officers are yet to take their seats in their office buildings till date on the ground that the area where the office buildings are located is not secure, Benjamin said.

But the sense of insecurity felt by the officers is an offshoot of their failure to pay attention to development of block and welfare of its people, he asserted.

Even as they are running their office in rented rooms, the SDO and BDO are absent from their offices most of the time.

Although there is one Primary Health Centre, people of the block have no access to basic health care facilities as the PHC has no infrastructure.

Highlighting all these woes, president of the Tengnoupal Youth Club Mathew Mate urged upon the Government to address these problems at the earliest.

(Courtesy: The Sangai Express)

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