Goalpara: Around 40 organisations from Assam have threatened to block all the roads going to Meghalaya's Garo Hills from October 29. The 40 organisations include All Assam Students' Union (AASU), All Moraan Students Union (AMSU), All Bodo Students Union (ABSU), and other trade associations.
All of these organisations met at Krishnai in Goalpara, Assam and have promised to block all the routes to Garo Hills if both the states fail to hold discussions and ease the restrictions imposed by Meghalaya on the businessmen from Assam due to the ongoing pandemic.
The organisations questioned on Meghalaya's special restrictions on trade and movement on residents from Assam and outside. The Ministry of Home Affairs has strictly directed the states to not impose such restrictions, but the Meghalaya government has not yet relaxed the restrictions.
The organisations said that it is unfair that people from Meghalaya can come but they can't go. "If they want to impose a ban on entry, their residents should also not enter the state of Assam. We will stop all vehicular movement from Meghalaya coming into Assam between Daranggre and Agia (limited to Goalpara district for now)," they added.
Due to these restrictions imposed by Meghalaya, the small businessmen from both the states are suffering. It has given rise to the 'middlemen,' who take goods from Assam at a lower price and sell it at a much higher price in Meghalaya.
The organisations had earlier threatened to block the routes but did not due to Durga Puja. However, this time the organisations are determined to do so and will stop all the vehicles from Meghalaya coming into Assam through Goalpara.
The organisations have met the District Administration of Goalpara with their complaints, and were assured of a mutual solution.
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