Assam's Cry for Industries
While the hosting of the Global Investors' Summit by the Government of Assam on February 3 and 4 is highly welcome, the government should also think of reviving the closed industries in Assam. The gaon Paper Mill, Jagiroad in Morigaon district and the Cachar Paper Mill in Panchgram of the Barak valley have remained closed for more than a year. Further, the workers of both the mills have remained deprived of their monthly salaries for months. It is now necessary to reopen both the paper mills as early as possible for the interest of the workers. In regard to the revival of the closed paper mills in Assam, Prime Minister rendra Modi also promised in an election rally in Katakhal near Panchgram to open the paper mills if BJP came to power in Assam. Again, several units of the APOL Polyester mill situated at Tulsibari, Rangia have also remained closed for more than a year. Here also, the employees of the mill have not got their salaries for months. With salaries stopped, the employees of these three mills are in a serious economic crisis. For decades, Assam has been getting a stepmotherly treatment from the Central government. The current BJP-led government at the Centre is not showing any special interest for the all-round development of Assam. There are no major big industries in Assam. With it, there is no scope of job creation.
So, the local youths have remained unemployed for years. With limited resources in its hands, the State government can hardly afford to set up medium and large industries on its own. Assam’ industrialization will only depend upon the favour of the Central government. Will the BJP-led government at the Centre listen to the urgency of industrialization here?
Left vs Flag Code
There is a term called 'flag code' in our Constitution which allows every single Indian, irrespective of religion, caste, creed or race to unfurl our tiol tricolour on two special days, Republic Day and Independence Day. This practice is continuing since our tion became a Republic and every Indian takes pride in unfurling the tricolour on these two important days. But a Leftist-ruled Kerala, the State government tried to impose a ban on a particular leader affiliated to an organization from unfurling the tricolour on this year’s Republic Day. By doing so, the Leftists have again exposed themselves before the tion and showed their loyalty to their bosses residing in Chi.
Dr Ashim Chowdhury,