GUWAHATI, July 17 - Expressing its serious concern over the possibility of a financial crisis in the State, the Communist Party of India, Assam has asked the State Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma to publish a white paper on the financial position of the State.
�On one hand, the ministers and MLAs of the present government say that there is no dearth of fund for various schemes, but on the other, we see a very slow pace of development work, including the construction of roads and concrete bridges,� party leader Munin Mahanta told media persons here today.
�Untied fund of the public representatives is being spent on road construction work, which is meant for taking up work in the areas not covered by other departments. On the other hand, the local people in many areas are collecting money for construction and repair of roads, which gives a clear picture of slow development work in the State,� he added.
Also expressing concern over a number of incidents in trains and increasing number of train accidents in the State, the party criticised MoS for Railways Rajen Gohain for not doing enough to address the issues.
�Incidents of rape and murder on trains and also the rail accidents at manned and unmanned railway crossings are very serious issues that need immediate attention of the authorities. While we demand strictest punishment to the perpetrators of the rape and murder cases, action must also be taken against the persons responsible for rail accidents at Chabua on Sunday,� the party leaders said.
An executive committee meeting of the party has also asked all the parties and organisations opposing the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 to come on a common platform to strengthen the movement. It also demanded the State government to publish the final draft of the NRC within the stipulated time.
Also with an objective to expose the �anti-people and anti-democratic� agenda of the Narendra Modi-led BJP government, the party would start a campaign from August 1 to 14. A public meeting will be organised in Guwahati on August 1 to kick start the campaign.
The CPI, Assam also opposed the restarting of toll gate at Raha despite the public protest against it and the growing menace of oil transport syndicate in Digboi.