SILCHAR, Jan 10 - In a memorandum addressed to Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, the All Cachar Karimganj-Hailakandi Students� Association (ACKHSA) conveyed their grievances over issues affecting development of Barak Valley and sought cooperation from the Government.
Rupam Nandi Purkayastha, chief adviser of the students� body claimed that roads in Barak Valley are in shambles. The Silchar-Karimganj road is in a dilapidated condition and commuters put their live in great danger while travelling.
Similar is the situation of Silchar-Lailapur and Silchar-Haflong road stretch. �The roads of Barak Valley are deteriorating, and if they are not repaired before the coming monsoon season, it will be extremely difficult for people to travel,� he maintained.
Further, Rupam said that job-seekers of Barak Valley in Grade III and IV posts under the State Government have been deprived since the recruitment procedure is done at Guwahati and local youths are ignored during the appointment process.
The students� body urged the Chief Minister to make provision for conducting the interviews in Barak Valley in the collective interest of the unemployed youths. Also, the Government must assist the youths to become self sufficient with facilities like bank loans for entrepreneurial activities.
Referring to the Government�s promise to convert Silchar Medical College into a super speciality hospital, Rupam said that once the hospital gets a facelift, people of this region will be able to avail modern facilities like neurosurgery and gastroenterology, for which they have to travel to far off places now.
Also, he said that the building construction for the Government Engineering College at Bhanga under Karimganj district should be completed soon and classes started from the forthcoming academic session. The Government must also sanction funds for setting up a medical college in the district, which has been a long-pending demand of the local people, he added.
Members of the students� body also highlighted other major issues like use of Bengali language in official documents within Barak Valley, to take steps for repairing the buildings at Silchar Medical College, which were damaged during the recent earthquake and to make the Inland Waterways more effective.