From our Correspondent
KOKRAJHAR, January 4: The district administration of Kokrajhar on Sunday held a peace meeting with all NGOs, student and literary organizations at the DC’s conference hall with Deputy Commissioner (DC) Thaneswar Malakar in the chair. The meeting was attended by the leaders of several NGOs, ABSU, AASAA, BSU, Gaonbura Association and literary bodies.
The meeting discussed the prevailing situation, relief and rehabilitation works, problems of the students, health and sanitation and other problems in the relief camps. The DC took stock of the work by various departments like drinking water, health, sanitation, supply of relief materials and security arrangements. He also took the opinion of the leaders of the All Adivasi Students’ Association of Assam (AASAA), ABSU, BSU and NGOs about the return of relief camp inmates and their resettlement.
Malakar called upon all student, NGOs and literary organizations to work together for bringing peace and normalcy in the district and appealed to them to hold peace meetings to build up confidence among people. He also called upon people to be cautious against any outside force so that they cannot instigate people to further aggravate the situation.
Talking to media persons, Malakar said as many as 40 fixed pickets had been set up in the district. He said there were still 1,25,000 inmates in 69 relief camps in Kokrajhar district and the number of camp inmates was decreasing everyday many villagers who took shelter in the relief camps for fear of being attacked had gone back to their homes.
Malakar said the State Government had announced to provide Rs 5 lakh to families of the deceased, Rs. 50,000 to the families whose houses were burnt completely and Rs. 22,000 to the families whose houses were burnt partially. He said that he did not receive announcement of ex–gratia for the deceased families from the Centre so far.
The District Proramme Mager of NRHM, Uttam Brahma said as many as 984 pregnt women had been detected from 64 relief camps in the district of which over 100 were in high risk condition. He said the remaining women who were in advanced stage were likely to be treated normally in the vicinity of relief camps. He said 30 cases of malaria had been detected of which four were critical.
Meanwhile, the president of Kokrajhar district committee, AASAA, Satyath Tudu told a section of media persons that they were not satisfied with the ex–gratia and rehabilitation grants of the government. He said the government of Assam announced just Rs 5 lakh to the families of the deceased and Rs. 50,000 and Rs. 22,000 against the houses burnt down completely and partially. He said the amount of Rs. 5 lakh should be increased to Rs. 20 lakh while the rehabilitation grant against houses burnt should be not less than Rs. 5 lakh and Rs. 2 lakh respectively. He also demanded that the government should ensure the safety and security of innocent people so that such incidents do not recur in future.