GUWAHATI: The Leader of Opposition of the Assam Assembly, Debabrata Saikia, has demanded the State Government publish a white paper stating the implementation of schemes by it.
Addressing a press conference in Guwahati on Saturday, Saikia said, “In the run-up to the last Assembly election, the BJP made a lot of promises in their vision document. In the Budget speech too, the State Government announced a number of schemes. Let the government make it known to the people of the State through a white paper as to how many of their promises have been met after coming to power. The people of the State have every right to know if the schemes announced in the Budget speech have been implemented or not.”
Saikia further said, “Time and again, the State government has been misinforming the Assembly. Even after pinpointing a number of misinformation by the government during the last Winter Session of the State Assembly, it simply opted not to come with correct information.”
Reiterating the party’s opposition the CAB (Citizenship Amendment Bill), Saikia said, “The Bill goes against the Constitution of India. It speaks of Indian citizenship to only Hindus and other minorities in Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan. However, the Bill is silent on Hindus being oppressed in Myanmar and Srilanka. The CAB seeks to use a section of people as vote bank for a particular party.” Opposing the move to go for a fresh NRC update taking 1951 as the cut-off year, Saikia said, “The NRC has been updated in accordance with the Assam Accord by taking 1971 as the cut-off year.”
Saikia said that the government has failed in reviving the two HPC mills of Assam, besides resorting to falsehood on them, putting an end to syndicates, hiking the wages of tea garden labouerers, checking rise in prices, etc.
MLAs Rupjyoti Kurmi and Kamalakhya Dey Purkayastha were also present at the press meet.