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AGP dares CM to clarify on Govt order

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, Oct 7 � Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) today dared Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi to state categorically whether the State Government had issued on October 1 a notification (ABP 123/2001/PP/57) stopping fresh appointments against Grade-III and IV posts or not.

AGP general secretary and chief spokesman Atul Bora also challenged the Chief Minister to be categorical in his reply as to whether that notification has been withdrawn or not.

Reacting to the statement made by the Chief Minister at a press conference yesterday that denied the media reports on the above notification, Bora said that it is quite surprising to see the inconsistency between the Chief Secretary and the Chief Minister on the same issue.

However, it is a fact that the Government had issued a notification preventing fresh

appointments against the Grade-III and IV posts. There is hardly a few months left for the code of conduct to come into force, as the State is going to the Assembly polls after a few months. In that case, the State Government is not going to initiate the process of fresh appointment and thus lakhs of job seekers are going to be deprived.

The State Government has failed in the past nine years to fulfil its promise of absorbing 2 lakh jobless people every year, nor has it been able to adopt an appointment policy. While the Chief Secretary of the Government has issued a directive preventing fresh appointments, the Chief Minister is trying to cover it up with misleading statements, alleged the AGP spokesman.

He also alleged that with his statement that he was not liable to declare the assets of his Ministers, the Chief Minister has again exposed his alienation from the people. The statement of the Chief Minister on the issue also indicated that there is a skeleton hidden in the cupboard of the Government. Moreover, the Chief Minister himself has admitted that he has not remained clean, Bora said.

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