GUWAHATI, May 15 - Leader of the Opposition in the Assam Legislative Assembly Debabrata Saikia today called upon the Tamil Nadu government to provide assistance to some youths belonging to Assam who are currently stranded in the southern state.
In a letter to Special Nodal Officer of the Greater Chennai Corporation, Saikia stated that some workers, hailing from Assam, are stuck in Chennai.
�I have received telephonic request from some youths of Assam that they have come to Assam House, Chennai, anticipating Shramik Special train to be arranged by the government. However, they are (sic) informed that no such provision of Shramik Special train or any other train has been planned by Tamil Nadu government or Assam government. The stranded youths are in (a) catch-22 situation and many of them are camping at Assam House, Chennai, after Chennai Police allowed them to be at that place,� Saikia stated.
He added, �As the space at Assam House, Chennai, is limited, the local police directed some of the youths to Guru Nanak College/Institute who are staying there. They have now complained that they do not have enough food, etc., for all the people in both the places. As such, I request you kindly to provide relief, shelter and other necessary items for these stranded youths, as per Government of India�s guideline, till they can be transported back to Assam. Further, I would request you to assist for their transportation to Assam, whenever the train service is provided from Chennai, Tamil Nadu, to Assam.�
Saikia has urged the Tamil Nadu administration to take up the matter on a priority basis.
He has also sent copies of the letter to the Chief Secretary of Tamil Nadu, the Chief Secretary of Assam, the District Collector of Chennai and the Commissioner of Police of Greater Chennai area.