GUWAHATI, Dec 16 � The Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) today stressed the need for resolving the burning issues like problems in the Bodoland Territorial Autonomous Districts (BTAD) area, illegal migration, demand for scheduled tribe status for six communities of Assam etc through political dialogues.
APCC media cell chairman Dr Haren Das said that the executive committee meeting of the APCC, held under the chairmanship of Bhubaneswar Kalita, resolved to revolutionize the rural economy to uplift the standard of living of the people living in the rural areas. The meeting, which was also attended by Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi and a number of Ministers and Parliamentary Secretaries, decided to announce new schemes for the development of the rural areas in its manifesto for the ensuing Panchayat polls.
The meeting decided that all Congress men would work unitedly to ensure victory of the party candidates in the Panchayat polls and different committees right from the block to the state level would be formed to select candidates. Any existing member of the Panchayats facing corruption or other charges will not be given party ticket to contest the polls, the party decided.
On the creation of Upper House in the State, the APCC observed that there are a number of micro ethnic groups in the state which are not in a position to elect their representatives in the Assembly and Parliament. The APCC executive was of the view that creation of an Upper House in the state is necessary to fulfill the political aspirations of the smaller ethnic groups and the State Assembly passed resolutions in this regard thrice. The meeting today requested the Chief Minister to do whatever necessary to persuade the Centre to pass the Bill in the Budget Session of the Parliament to pave the way for creation of Upper House in the state.