[ Bengia Ajum ]
CHANGLANG, 6 Aug: In a move to ease the problems of the citizens in acquiring a driving licence (DL), the district administration here has started an innovative method, keeping in mind the needs of the citizens. People of various subdivisions, namely, Miao, Bordumsa, and Jairampur, have to often travel to the district headquarters here to obtain a driving licence. This causes a lot of trouble for the citizens.
The public from far away locations like Vijaynagar, Sompoi, Nampong, and Manmao visit the headquarters on a daily basis, thus incurring huge cost in terms of time and money. In many cases, the applicant happens to be a daily wage labourer or a person facing financial hardship for whom both ways travel to district headquarters not only costs their daily wage but also their peace of mind.
The deputy commissioner of Changlang, Sunny K Singh, recently issued an order for the start of a camp service arrangement for issuance of driving licence at the subdivision level with very minimal training of human resources. “One staffer will be deputed to Miao, Bordumsa, and Jairampur divisions for a week’s duration every month. The schedule will be fixed in advance and given wide publicity by DTO. One extra staffer will be identified from respective independent ADC HQs and will be trained for this purpose. We have already started issuing DLs through this camp service,” said Singh.
All services offered by the transport department, including learners’ licence, driving licence, driving test, renewal of RC, and payment of road tax will be provided in respective divisions during the camp. The camps, which started in July, will carry on till December 2022, and the schedule in this regard has been prepared.
Further, the Changlang DA has also issued an order directing the district medical officer to issue a detailed advisory to protect, prevent and treat (PPT) diarrhoea cases among children and carry out awareness camps at village level and schools, etc, in coordination with GBs and school teachers.
This decision was taken in the wake of the recent cases of diarrhoea outbreak in the nearby districts. “The ASHAs and village level functionaries will be imparted basic training to deal with malaria cases and to administer home-based remedies to control diarrhoea among children. Guidebook/pamphlets to prevent, protect and treat diarrhoea will be provided to every ASHA/PRI member/GB, CVOs, etc, for their future reference and further dissemination of information to villagers,” Singh informed.
Further, he said that every pregnant woman as well as mothers with newborn babies will be provided with awareness pamphlets about the symptoms of diarrhoea and its home-based remedies/treatment.
At least 10 children between 3 and 10 years of age recently lost their lives and several others were infected by the diarrhoea outbreak which had hit remote Lazu circle of Tirap district.