GUWAHATI, Jan 19 - The All Assam Students� Union (AASU) today called upon Prime Minister Narendra Modi to provide constitutional safeguards to the indigenous people of the State and creation of three national-level institutions for the benefit of the youths.
A delegation of the AASU met the Prime Minister in the Lokapriya Gopinath Bordoloi Airport and demanded that the Assam Accord should be implemented within a specific timeframe for solution of the problem of infiltration by illegal aliens. Modi assured the AASU delegation that he would initiate talks at his level on implementation of the Accord.
Talking to The Assam Tribune after meeting Modi, AASU Chief Adviser Samujjal Kumar Bhattacharyya said that among other issues, they made it clear that Assam would not accept any more burden of Bangladeshi nationals and the Government of India should exclude the State from the recent notification of providing shelter to the foreigners who came to Assam because of religious persecution in their own countries. Modi said that he understood the sentiments of the people of Assam and would discuss the issue.
The AASU demanded that flood and erosion in Assam should be treated as national issues, while, the construction of Bogibeel bridge should be expedited. The Government should also take immediate steps for the protection of Majuli river island and double track railway track should be constructed to improve communication, the AASU demanded.
The AASU demanded that the Government of India should set up a skill development university, a full fledged laboratory for research on the medicinal plants available in this part of the country and an Indian Institute of Science Education and Research in the State for the benefit of the youths.
On the construction of mega dams, the AASU demanded that the construction of the Lower Subansiri project should be suspended till the experts submit their report. Bhattacharya said that the Prime Minister assured that the Centre would respect the views of the experts in this regard.
�We have made it clear to the Prime Minister that we would be satisfied only when he translates his promises into reality on the ground, � Bhattacharya added.