From a Correspondent
DOOMDOOMA, August 3: The BJP- led NDA government in Assam has indulged in double standard so far as raising the quality of life of the tea-tribes community is concerned. This was alleged by local MLA Durga Bhumij at a press meet convened at Doomdooma Press Club on Thursday.
MLA Bhumij termed the current agitation launched by Assam Tea Tribes Students’ Association (ATTSA) to protest against poor tea-tribes community students not getting seats in Doomdooma College as ‘unfortunate’. On August 2 the ATTSA had given a call of 72-hour Doomdooma, Talap, Barhapjan and Kakapather bandh against non-fulfilment of their demand in this regard by the State Education Minister. However, the bandh was discontinued at the intervention of the Deputy Commissioner, Tinsukia on Wednesday. He assured them to urgently to look into the fate of around 500 tea-tribes students who could not get admission in the Higher Secondary courses this year. The MLA also pointed out that the State Education Minister, Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma had declared at the ITA auditorium, Machkhowa last year about upgrading 100 LP and ME schools into high schools in the tea gardens. But all that proved to be non-starter now.
Other than making announcements from time-to-time, this government is doing nothing for the cause of the poor and down-trodden people, he said. A glaring example of this is that even after expiry of two months, a signboard has not been displayed at the Dhola-Sadiya bridge which has been named after Sudhakantha Bhupen Hazarika. It is an insult to the sentiments of the people of Assam, he added.