GUWAHATI, Jan 7 � The Minority Parishad, Assam, on Friday regretted that the ethnic minorities of the State were neglected and their grievances ignored and called upon the government to address the problems of the ethnic minorities.
Addressing media persons here, the president of the Minority Parishad, Assam, Alhaz Sheikh Chand Mohammad, former Speaker of Assam Legislative Assembly said that till now there was no proper representation of the ethnic minorities in the political as well as social field.
�The political parties and even the government have been giving preferential treatment to the Hindi and Bengali-speaking minorities. The attitude of the political parties, as well as the government, towards the ethnic minorities has been that of indifference so far,� rued the former Speaker adding that the Parishad has decided to act as pressure group to ensure that the ethnic minorities in the State got their dues.
It needs to be mentioned here that the Parishad had adopted several important resolutions in its recently concluded annual conference and one of the decisions was to approach the Congress high command, Central government and the State government with the petition for resolving the grievances of the ethnic minorities.
�The authorities concerned should take immediate steps to address the problems of the ethnic minorities so that they do not feel deprived and neglected by the mainstream,� said Chand Mohammad.
A five-member delegation of the Parishad will soon meet the Chief Minister of Assam, the Prime Minister, the Congress high command and other Central and State leaders.