The 63rd (special) meeting of Brahmaputra Board was held here on to discuss the proposal to restructure the Board as proposed by the Union Ministry of Water Resources.

The proposals were for restructuring the Brahmaputra Board within the ambit of Brahmaputra Board Act, 1980 by revamping its technical and non-technical cadres, a government release said here.

The key elements of the proposal are creation of Regional Directorates of Brahmaputra Board in all eight North East states and North Bengal and to enlarge its footprint the Regional Directorates in Assam, North Bengal, Tripura and Arunachal Pradesh to be headed by Deputy Chief Engineers, while those in Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland, Meghalaya and Sikkim to be headed by Superintending Engineers, the release said.

At the meeting, it was also suggested to establish a permanent office complex with godown and skill development centre at Majuli island in Assam.

The representative of Assam government said the state government has decided that flood prevention and anti-erosion related works along the entire south bank of Majuli main island will be undertaken by the Brahmaputra Board, the release said.

Suggestions for having a separate Regional Directorate at Jalpaiguri in North Bengal, additional posts of Superintending Engineer at Silchar and Executive Engineer in Dhubri district in Assam, were accepted by the Board.

All nine states welcomed the suggestions to achieve the overall objective of restructuring of Brahmaputra Board and making it operationally, administratively and structurally robust, the release said.