GUWAHATI: The All Asssam Mandal Kanangu Sanmilani (AAMKS) has yet again launched their non-cooperation stir reiterating their longstanding demands on Wednesday across the State.
Eventually, with the beginning of the four-day non-cooperation stir, the revenue circle offices of the State turned almost defunct on Wednesday which will continue till October 6 as per as the stir is concerned.
It must be mentioned here that there are altogether 188 revenue circle offices in the State. Hence, during the stir, these entire circle offices will observe an undeclared holiday in which the common men of the state will be the receiving end.
Talking to The Sentinel, the Sanmilani, in support of the stir said, “There are (approximately) 3.5 crore population in the state. To serve these large populations, there are only 2,600 Mandals across the revenue circle offices of the state against 2,943 approved posts. As many as 343 vacant posts have not been filled up for years. Moreover, considering the population ratio, State needs at least 10,000 Mandals for proper functioning of the revenue department.”
The Sanmilani further revealed that there are only 21 revenue inspectors across the State while there should be at least 188 revenue inspectors in the State. “The entire revenue department is running only with 294 Kanangu while the requirement is at least 2,500,” the Sanmilani said.
“Fanning the fuel, the State government has been engaging the Mandals and Kanangus during the crisis like natural disasters, emergency situation like flesh flood and other works of the district administration without considering the shortage of staffers within the revenue department itself,” the Sanmilani said.
It must be mentioned here that ever since 2016, the AAMKS has been particularly demanding to create the required posts besides filling up the existing vacant posts and to confine their duties and responsibilities within the revenue department itself apart from other issues listed in their 18-point charter of demand.
Earlier, when the AAMKS announced to launch noncooperation stir from May 14 this year, the Additional Chief Secretary convened a meeting on May 7 to resolve the issue. During the meeting, the Additional Chief Secretary assured to find a solution to their demand within two minds. However, the assurance did not turn into reality following which the AAMKS was prompted to launch their stir on September 24, 25 and 26.
Looking into their continued stir, question arises, how holistic is Dispur to resolve their demands? Is Dispur really concerned with the suffering of the common men of the state? Till when will Dispur maintain its apathetic attitude?