GUWAHATI: Assam Governor Gulab Chand Kataria gave the nod for the establishment of 79 sub-districts in the state on Tuesday.
Designed to maximise productivity, and efficiency at the grassroots level, these sub-districts will mirror the boundaries of the legislative constituencies, confirmed an official notification.
In line with this new development, all existing civil sub-divisions, barring those in Bodoland Territorial Districts and Sixth Schedule autonomous districts, will be dissolved immediately.
“The existing Civil Sub-Divisions (as per Annexure B) except those under BTR Districts and Sixth Schedule Districts will cease to exist, with immediate effect. The nomenclature of Sub-Division and Sub-District will be used interchangeably. The powers and functions of the newly created Sub Divisions/Sub-Districts will be same as that of the existing Sub-Divisions at present. Further delegation of power will be decided in due course of time,” the local press quoted the notification.
It’s worth noting that this move comes on the heels of the state’s council of ministers’ prior endorsement of the formation of sub-districts. The epicentre for each sub-district will either be at its central location or any other suitable spot determined by the district commissioners.
Earlier on August 15, ahead of this significant shift, Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma had announced plans for the creation of sub-districts in each assembly constituency. Addressing the masses on the occasion of the 77th Independence Day, Sarma had stressed on the urgency for reorganising constituencies and hinted at imminent administrative reforms within the subsequent month.