Guwahati: The Assam government, under the leadership of Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, has unveiled an expansive rural outreach initiative aimed at comprehensively assessing social infrastructure gaps and the implementation status of development schemes across the state. This ambitious endeavour will encompass over 25,000 villages throughout Assam, with the Chief Minister, ministers, senior government officials, and staff embarking on a 15-day journey to engage with communities.
To ensure effective data collection and beneficiary information prior to ministerial visits, government officers will be dispatched to each village. This preparatory step seeks to gather crucial data on beneficiaries of government schemes and evaluate the extent of scheme outreach.
The program’s primary goals encompass several vital aspects, including the saturation of beneficiaries across all schemes, the identification and rectification of deficits in social infrastructure at the village level, the establishment of a comprehensive digital database to expedite the implementation of future schemes, the enhancement of public trust in government institutions, the elevation of social asset quality, and the dissemination of village report cards to assess achievements.
The timeline for this initiative is strategically organised. Preliminary surveys are slated for September 1–15, followed by departmental verifications from September 10–20. The subsequent phase will witness council ministers, including the Chief Minister, along with officials, embarking on village visits from October 1 to 15.
Speaking about this significant endeavour, Assam Tourism Minister Jayanta Malla Baruah stated, “This comprehensive initiative is scheduled for September and October. Our aim is to evaluate the status of development schemes in rural areas. Not only will ministers participate, but government officers and MLAs will also actively engage with villages during this period. The entire Assam government will dedicate 15 days to being present in these villages, with the Chief Minister personally leading the visits.”