From a Correspondent
Dibrugarh, August 8: A memorandum demanding fulfillment of various demands of the All Assam Tribal Students’ Union (AATSU) was submitted to Deputy Commissioner MS Manivann on Monday to be forwarded to Chief Minister Sarbanda Sonowal for his intervention.
The decision for submission of the memorandum was unimously taken at a meeting held in Dibrugarh Jajati Kalyan Bhawan Banikanta Pegu Conference Hall. The memorandum, which was forwarded to the Chief Minister by AATSU, incorporates the issues like rehabilitation of affected and homeless families of erosion-hit areas of the district and disbursement of one-time compensation by the State Government to the distraught masses living in flood-hit areas in the district.
AATSU has demanded release of the arrear scholarships of tribal students of Dibrugarh University, which are due to be remunerated from the year 2010, together with regularization of the much deserved scholarship to all the students of various colleges of the district and payment of the same at the earliest. Moreover, declaration of the perilous flood in Assam as a tiol crisis by the Central Government together with adoption of a scheme for permanent work out of the incessant hazardous flood and erosion devastations through modern and scientific technological methods, have also been demanded
Allocation of land pattas to the landless farmers of erosion-hit areas and strict vigilance of the district administration over the illegal market agents and brokers for checking the rise in prices of essential foodstuffs has been listed in the memorandum.
The memorandum further included the issue of reservation in the employment of tribal youths in government jobs and conducting of high-level inquiry into the matter of unconstitutiol appointment in jobs which have been reserved for tribal youths.
The memorandum also stated that steps must be taken by the State Government for construction of hostel complex with modern facilities for tribal students in Dibrugarh University along with the construction of a tribal complex market in Dibrugarh town. Further, land in the tribal belt areas which come under the supervision of the Circle Officers of the district must be secured from illegal land grabbers. Necessary steps must be taken by the State Government for conducting a high-level enquiry into the slow progress of construction work of Bogibeel Bridge and section-wise appointment of teachers in government lower primary and middle english schools of the tribal community domited areas for promoting the level of education, stated the memorandum submitted by AATSU.
AATSU central committee presidents Nirmal Payeng and Bitupan Deori and general secretary Rajani Mili, respectively, through the memorandum have urged upon the State Government to take necessary action in this regard.