BY OUR STAFF REPORTER
GUWAHATI, Nov 22: Four influential tribal students’ organizations of the State have demanded the State Government to institute an award in the me of Janeta Bhimbor Deori besides setting up a ‘samany kheshtra’ in the line of Sankardev Kalakeshtra.
Addressing a press conference here on Wednesday, the leaders of the four tribal students’ bodies—All Moran Students’ Union, All Dimasa Students’ Union, All Assam Deori Students’ Union and All Assam Hajong Students’ Union—alleged that the contribution of Bhimbar Deori to Assamese society has not been given due recognition by the governments.
“When Sarbanda Sonowal was in opposition, he had demanded the then Congress government that an award be instituted in Deori’s me but after taking over as Chief Minister, he has completely forgotten his responsibility towards the freedom fighter. Unlike the previous governments, the present BJP government as well has let his contribution to vanish into oblivion,” said All Moran Students’ Union president Arunjyoti Moran. “Our demand is that the contribution of Deori to the Assam be given recognition to eble the present generation to know about it,” he said.
Moran further alleged that the government has failed to take steps for protection of the existence of indigenous ethnic people of Assam.
“Despite massive aggression of the illegal Bangladeshis, the government is not at all serious with the issue and has not bothered to adopt any mechanism for protection of the tribal people of the State,” he said. The four organizations as part of 70th death anniversary celebration of Deori is going to organize a Tribal Conference at Chopakhowa in Sadiya on November 29.
All Assam Deori Students’ Union president Pranjal Deori said that the students’ body will observe the 70th death anniversary of Deori with two-day programmes in Sadiya. The press meet was also attended by several tribal students’ body leaders.