Hazarka in Shillong for workshop at NEHU, consultations

Sanjoy Hazarika organized a day-long workshop at the North East Hill
University, Shillong, with historians and scholars to discuss the role
of independence leaders from Meghalaya in the freedom struggle on Dec
6, 2010.  Those who participated in the discussion held at the ICSSR
guest house included Prof David Syiemlieh, pro-Vice Chancellor, NEHU,
Prof. Imdad Hussain, leading historian of the region, Prof. Gassah of
the Dept of Sociology and other senior scholars.  A proposed national
seminar is planned for March 20111 on this theme at Jamia Millia
Islamia where Hazarika is the Saifuddin Kitchlew Chair.  The programme
was organized by him in that capacity and is supported by the Indian
Council of Historical Research.

In Shillong, the Managing Trustee also participated in a Consultation
for non-government groups of the region to develop a list of
priorities for the Planning Commission and for the latter’s inputs for
the Approach Paper for the 12th Five Year Plan. He shared his
experiences as the chairman of the Steering Committee that reviewed
the NE Vision 2020 document and tried it give it a pro-people,
inclusive approach. A range of individuals and groups from different
states participated in the two-day (Dec 6-7 2010) deliberations which
were attended by Dr. Saumitra Chaudhuri, member, Planning Commission.

On Dec 8 in Shillong, the Managing Trustee took a review with the
C-NES Programme Management Unit as well as the Communications Officer
and Coordinator for the Population Foundation of India project of the
work of five new District Programme Officers (DPOs) with regard to
boat clinics.  The units reviewed were Kamrup (rural), Dhubri (second
unit), Barpeta (second unit), Goalpara and Bongaigaon.  The new
members, who began their work in  October, discussed the challenges
and major issues which they had to handle and how they were tackling
these concerns.  The Managing Trustee stressed the need for research
and documentation rigour, clear reporting and tight financial
discipline. Family planning would continue to be, along with other
priorities of the NRHM-supported programme, a major focus of the
organization and local resource persons at the district and village
level were to be mobilized for the same.

He made the same point on financial rigour and discipline in a
separate meeting the the C-NES Accounts Dept in Guwahati while en
route to Kolkata.

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