GUWAHATI, June 19 - The Assam Journalists� and Literary Pensioners� Association, while congratulating Sarbananda Sonowal on his assumption of responsibility as Chief Minister, expressed the hope that under his dynamic leadership Assam would be able to overcome the �depression and degradation of previous corrupt administration and would be able to lead a correct path enabling the State to be in the vanguard of the advanced States of the country.�
The meeting held under the presidentship of DN Chakravartty on Saturday also decided to send a seven-member delegation to call on the Chief Minister with a memorandum highlighting the grievances of the people in general and writers and literary pensioners in particular.
The meeting expressed the hope that the new government would examine the feasibility of enhancing the literary pension from the existing Rs 4,000 to at least Rs 10,000.
The Association was of the opinion that while the artiste and sports pensions had been introduced only about 20 years ago, it was way back in 1913 that Padmanath Gohain Baruah was awarded the first literary pension in Assam by the then British Government.
Several literary pensioners, including Anis-uz-Zaman, Khanindra Chandra Das, Giripada Choudhury, Gunamani Bora, Dr Satyendra Narayan Goswami, Navakanta Bardoloi and Bimal Kumar Hazarika, were presented with felicitation letters.
Participating in the discussion, Dr Jogendra Nath, Uttam Baruah, Tabiul Hussain, Anima Gogoi and Sachiprabha Das suggested that there should be regular meetings of the literary association on the first Saturday of every alternate month in order to ventilate the grievances of the writers in general and literary pensioners in particular.
The meeting also decided to bring out a comprehensive bio data of all the members.
Bhadra Krishna Goswami was nominated as adviser of the Association, while Kanak Chandra Sarma was nominated as vice-president.
Earlier, Prafulla Pran Mahanta, general secretary of the Association, explained the purpose of the meeting.