GUWAHATI, Sept 27 - The Guwahati Senior Citizens� Association (GSCA), at its meeting held here recently, extended its full support to the proposal of the BJP government at the Centre to give shelter in the country to all the Hindu migrants from Bangladesh, but expressed the strong view that Assam would not be able to give shelter to any more Bangladeshi Hindus in addition to the over three million Hindu refugees already settled in the State.
The GSCA, at its meeting held under the presidentship of senior journalist DN Chakravartty, congratulated the Sarbananda Sonowal-led State government on its �most timely and appropriate step� in evicting encroachers of questionable nationality from the Kaziranga National Park and also from the holy land of the Batadraba Sattra.
Initiating the discussion, Chakravartty referred to the long-drawn debate on the definition of �Assamese� people, whose cultural and economic protection was envisaged in the historic Assam Accord and held the categorical view that all the 36 indigenous ethnic tribes including all the tribals and also the tea-tribe community, all the general caste people whose mother tongue is Assamese, and other Hindu people coming from the rest of the country in the nineteenth century and getting fully assimilated into the Assamese society, should be treated as Assamese.
Several members including Bijuli Sarma, Dr Malati Barua and SK Barua urged the government to take tough steps in evicting all the encroachers from grazing grounds, forests and sattra land.
PK Mahanta, member in charge of administration and coordination, GSCA, dwelt on the activities of the association during recent times and urged the members to give leadership to the elderly citizens. Krishna Lahkar, member, finance, GSCA, placed the financial statement of the association of the last quarter.