Gogoi moots Assam rural civil service

Guwahati, June 20 : Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on Tuesday said his government is planning to set up a state rural civil service to ensure that officers are posted in villages for development of remote areas.

Addressing a function held on the occasion of three years of completion of the Congress-led government, Gogoi said there are plans to set up such a service very soon.

"This will ensure that officers who are normally reluctant to go to the remote villages are posted there to ensure allround development of the rural areas," he said.

Gogoi regretted that government officers are not willing to be posted even in major towns outside Guwahati which was a very "sorry trend".

The rural civil service will ensure that officers are posted in villages on a regular basis, he said.

Gogoi announced that his government was taking steps to ensure that state employees get salaries on a par with central government employees.

DONER Minister Bijoy Krishna Handique, newly elected MPs Deep Gogoi, Paban Singh Ghatowar and L M Suklabaidya and state Congress chief Bhubaneswar Kalita participated in the meet.