With the recent development in East Jaintia Hills District whereby the Deputy Commissioner was transferred out of the blue to serve his new responsibilities in the Mining and Geology Department is something to be described as a ‘stunt act’ by the Government.
The District within a short span of 9 years of its establishment has witness a total number of 5 (five) Deputy Commissioners giving the average serving period of a meager 1.8 years for each one of them. In about 4 (four) years of completing its term, the MDA regime has already transferred and shuffled 3(three) Deputy Commissioners in the district. The Question is, does the transfer process really happening for the development and progress of the district and of its residents? The Chief Minister and his Government knows best though.
As a concern resident of the district, I failed to observe neither will I be able to understand as to how the Deputy Commissioner can look out for the implementation of an ongoing schemes, projects or execute new ventures in his jurisdiction if the time period of serving his responsibilities framed to an average of 1 years and 8 months only. Why can’t he be allow to serve for 3 (three years) the least? How can the district prospers in all angle of development when the captain himself got changed constantly prior reaching to his finishing line? Do the Chief Minister and his government really care about the development of the district? Or is it the resources of the district are the only priorities for them to gamble at all times?
Poor health facilities, lack of educational infrastructures, shortage of potable drinking water, road issues besides other related major problems in the district that need special and immediate attention by the government were left unattended, the recently outgoing Deputy Commissioner in his short duration of 1 years and 2 months serving period however has created a good connection with the general public right from the grass root level achieving good performances whether in combating Covid-19, vaccination drives besides launching many projects/ schemes in different villages but unfortunately ended up being prematurely assigned away from the district. If this tradition of transferring the district administrator is being practiced regularly by this Government, the big question before everyone to ponder is, whether East Jaintia hills is an Administrative district or merely a Business district for the government?
By Kerlang Ksoo
East Jaintia Hills District