By our Staff Reporter
GUWAHATI, July 17: A number of Koch-Rajbongshi organizations met Chief Minister Sarbanda Sonowal on their demands for a separate Kamatapur State, ST status and other issues.
The delegation was led by All Koch-Rajbongshi Students’ Union (AKRSU) president Pradip Rai. The delegation demanded of the Chief Minister to form a seven-member Cabinet sub-committee on the formation of a separate Kamatapur State and making all arrangement for a political discussion on the demand with the Prime Minister this month.
Former AKRSU president Biswajit said: “The Chief Minister assured us of discussing the matter of formation of a Cabinet sub-committee with his council of ministers. He also assured us of taking up the matter with the Prime Minister.”
On ST status, the delegation told the Chief Minister to honour the recommendations of the Parliamentary selection committee headed by then MP Dr. Amar Roy Pradhani on August 14, 1997. “The Chief Minister has sought sometime for that matter,” Rai said, and added: “Though we’re satisfied with the meeting with the Chief Minister, we’ll continue our agitation in support of our demands.”
Other demands of the delegation are a GU campus in Bongaigaon, an engineering college in Bongaigaon, Bir Chilarai Cultural Complex, installation of a bust of former Chief Minister Sarat Sinha in front of Jata Bhawan, revival of Jogigopa Paper Mill and the matches factory in Dhubri.