Guwahati, April 10: As Amit Shah proposed to make Hindi a compulsory subject in Northeast region, several groups and civil society organisations have opposed the move demanding the withdrawal of the decision. In yet another news, the students' body from Assam staged a massive protest over rising prices of fuel and other essential commodities. Among others, no state police officer will be permitted to use battalion staff as domestic help.
Northeast opposes Centre's move to make Hindi as compulsory school subject
Assam along with the rest of the Northeastern region has strongly opposed the Centre's decision to make Hindi a compulsory subject in all eight States up to Class 10.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah while making the announcement described Hindi as "the language of India". He also said 22,000 teachers have been recruited to teach Hindi in the north-eastern States. However, his announcement stirred the hornet's nest after several students body and groups termed it as a forceful imposition of the language which may threaten the indigenous dialects of the region.
Speaking to media, the North East Students' Organisation said that Hindi can be an optional subject, but they are against any kind of imposition.
Meanwhile, opposition parties from Assam along with the Assam Sahitya Sabha (ASS), an influential literary body, has criticised the move of the Centre. They further expressed concern that the future of indigenous languages and Assamese as a link language will be endangered.
AASU stages protest against price hike
The All Assam Students Union staged a massive protest against the government over the rising prices of fuel and other essential commodities and life saving drugs. They further demanded a roll back in the increased fuel prices and to step up measures to control inflation.
The apex students body staged protests across the State against the central as well as state governments for their failure in curbing the skyrocketing prices of fuel and other essential commodities. The protesters also sought the resignation of state food, civil supplies and consumer affairs minister Ranjeet Kumar Dass for failing to control price rise.
Govt directs Assam Police not to use battalion personnel as domestic help
The Assam Government announced that the Assam Police officers will not be permitted to use battalion personnel as domestic help.
Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma has directed a written undertaking from battalion Commandants and Superintendents of Police (SPs) and the cost of use of any domestic help will have to be borne through personal expense.
"No Assam Police officer will be allowed to use any battalion personnel as domestic help. CM directs written undertaking from battalion COs and all SPs. Any use of domestic will have to be borne through personal costs," the Assam Government said in a statement.
The decision was taken in a bid to abolish the allegations that some officers employ battalion personnel for personal, household works at their homes.