Persons with disabilities warn Dispur
By our Staff Reporter
GUWAHATI, Aug 22: The Pratibondhi Suraksha Sanstha, Asom (PSSA) has set a 48-hour deadline for State Social Welfare Minister ba Doley to hold talks with them or face the music.
Social Welfare Additiol Chief Secretary Ravi Kapur assured the PSSA at a function on July 25 this year organized by the latter that all the backlog posts for persons with disabilities would be filled up by October 2, 2017. “However, in the first week of August we saw advertisements of Sports and Youth Welfare Department and Assam Secretariat for the filling up of our backlog posts along with the posts of general categories. Talks were on with the government for holding a special recruitment drive to fill up our backlog posts. We’ve been frustrated to have seen the advertisement for our recruitment along with that of general candidates. That led us to send a letter each to Chief Minister Sarbanda Sonowal Sonowal and Social Welfare Minister ba Doley for holding talks with us on the issue. We’re still to receive any response from the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO). Doley, however, called us for a meeting on August 18, 2017. We did go to his office for the meeting only to find the minister absent. His persol assistant (PA) he let us know that he would hold a meeting with us either on August 21 or 22. Some of our members did go to his office on Monday only to be debarred from entering Jata Bhawan by the police. Though the police allowed their access after protest, Doley opted not to face our members. At 6 pm, he just let us know that he would hold a meeting with us on August 22. However, we haven’t received any invitation letter from his office or the department for the meeting as yet,” said PSSA general secretary Nripen Malakar.
Malakar said: “We’ve demanded the government to hold talks with us within the next 48 hours or else the government should remain alert for any situation that may arise.”