[Assam] Assam integral part of India: Sahitya Sabha
Pradip Kumar Datta
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Tue Jul 3 05:02:21 EDT 2007
Assam integral part of India: Sahitya Sabha
By A City Correspondent
GUWAHATI, July 2 After a brainstorming two-day session, Asom Maha Sanmilan organised by the apex literary body of the State, the Asam Sahitya Sabha, declared that Assam was part and parcel of India and called upon the insurgent groups to give up the idea of secessionism and sit for unconditional talks. The Sabha resolved to take up the burning problems of Assam with the Central Government, the State Government and the public on the basis of the categorization of the issues.
The session attended by writers, intellectuals and representatives of student bodies had discussed around 40 issues affecting the socio-economic, cultural and political aspects of the State.
On the concluding day of the Sanmilan today, the Sabha decided to pursue the problem of infiltration with the Centre stating that the problem of influx had assumed quite an alarming dimension in the last four decades by changing the demography of the State, and posing a threat to the indigenous communities. It may be mentioned here that several participants had highlighted the problem of infiltration with facts and figures during the session calling upon the Sabha to interfere on the matter.
The Sabha said that Assam was an integral part of India and called upon the insurgent groups to give up the idea of getting separated from the mainland and asked the Centre to provide safe passage to the militants and declare the dates of unconditional talks with the militants. The Sabha also demanded of the Centre to ensure that the innocent citizens of Assam were not harassed and their human rights not violated at the time of operations by security agencies against the militants. The Sabha also decided to take up the issue of employment and creating job opportunities for the youth of the State in various sectors with the Centre besides taking up the problem of flood, erosion and encroachment by the neighbouring States of Assam.
On the other hand, the Sabha felt that the State Government was not sincere in its approach to solve the problem of militancy and urged the State Government to tackle the problem with earnestness. The Sabha also observed that the alleged nexus between politicians of the State and the militants was a matter of great concern and demanded of the Government to investigate into the matter and take stringent action immediately against the guilty politicians.
The Sabha appealed to the State Government to streamline the education system and to introduce the official language of the State in all the Government and as well as private educational institutions as a compulsory subject.
The Sabha also demanded for implementing the official language in its true spirit in all the government offices.
Besides demanding of the State Government to free the reserved areas from the encroachers, the Sabha also asked the Government to direct the banks to provide loans to the local youths.
Asserting that the people of the State must maintain vigil to solve the problems, the Sabha appealed to the people to check corruption and other anomalies.
President of the Sabha, Kanaksen Deka promised that the resolutions would not remain confined to paper only, but that the literary body would do everything within its capacity to get it implemented in the true sense.
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