FROM A Correspondent
Jorhat, Feb 9: With just two months left for the Assembly election, various organizations—Assam All Assam Scheduled Cast Students’ Union, Sadou Asom Nirman Sramik Union, Tea Tribes Students’ Association (ATTSA) and Jorhat Zilla Asongathita Sramik Union (JZASU) on Friday staged massive protest at Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi’s home district Jorhat in protest against government’s failure to address their demands. They also sent memorandums to the Chief Minister demanding immediate fulfillment of their demands.
Activists of ATTSA staged a sit in demonstration in front of DC office here for two hours on Friday. They said that although they have been demanding the government to take proper steps for the socio-economic, educatiol and cultural development of tea tribes’ community in the state but the government has turned a deaf ear to them.
ATTSA, Jorhat district secretary Tankeswar Rajput in a statement said, “Our demands included scheduled tribe status to the tea tribes community, to issue land pattas, to amend labour act and to increase the daily wages of tea garden workers to Rs.300.”
Activists of AASCSU staged a dhar in front of the DC office here and shouted slogans showing some placards against the government. They also sent memorandum addressed to the Chief Minister, Minister and Director of Schedule Caste Welfare Department with nine points charter of demands.
In the memorandum they demanded the government to take fruitful steps on different issues of schedule caste peoples like regularization of students scholarships, development of surface communication, to provide adequate water supply to SC peoples, to build up Sati Radhika cultural complex, to provide land pattas, appointment in SC reserved posts lying vacant in various departments, implementation of sanitary scheme in SC domited areas and to renovate SC student’s hostel situated in Jorhat.
Meanwhile activists of SANSU and JZASU jointly took out a protest rally in the heart of Jorhat town in support of their various demands. Both the organizations sent memorandums to the Chief Minister demanding immediate fulfillment of their respective issues.
SANSU secretary Lalit Bora said, “We have been demanding to the government to provide bicycles to our workers, to take steps for proper implementation of labour welfare act, to provide pensions of Rs.3000 to the skilled labours and to appoint adequate office staffs in labour department offices for early solution of labour issues.”
JZASU also sent a memorandum to the Chief Minister with two point’s demands.
President of the organization Sunil Baruah in a statement said, “Although the government introduced Unorganized Labours Welfare Act in 2013 but it has not taken up any steps for the development of us. The government even has not completed the me registration process of unorganized labours in the state till date.”