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Farmers submit memo to CM over border row

By Correspondent

GOLAGHAT, March 7 � The burning problems of the Assam-Nagaland border within Golaghat district have not been solved. The Golaghat District Krishak Mukti Sangram Samittee (KMSS) has made several pleas to Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi in this regard. The Chief Minister is aware of the establishment of a new subdivision by Nagaland on Assam soil, construction of a helipad, installation of a police station, establishment of poll centres, etc.

The Nagaland Government has supported the cause of Nagalim advocated by the Naga extremists. This united power had created a fear psychosis among the non-Naga people. The KMSS has alleged that in the Naga-dominated village of Assam, the Nagaland Government had established a permanent bazar, telephone connection and has extended electricity connection forcibly creating great troubles to the non-Naga people living in the border areas. The KMSS also alleged that cases of kidnapping, killing, looting have created insecurity among the people of Dhansiri.

The CRPF and Army personnels have been helping the Naga people and the Naga people have been allowed to construct dwelling houses. But they donot allow to the Assamese people living in disputed areas of the Assam-Nagaland border to build houses.

The KMSS also has alleged that the State Government had failed totally to give protection and security to the border people. In the sensitive Dhansiri subdivision, at least three border magistrates should be appointed by the government. But still no border magistrate has been appointed in A, B and C sectors within Dhansiri sub-division.

Generally an ACS officer or ADC should be appointed as border magistrate but the State government had assigned duty to the BDO as border magistrate which is quite illegal on the part of the State government.

The government of Assam has failed to distribute land pattas to the border people. The samittee further alleged that the State government had also failed miserably in the implementation of the NEREGA and no unemployed bhattas had been paid to the unemployed youths by the government. There is no provision for irrigation for the farmers of Dhansiri. The PDS is also faulty, they alleged.

The Sarupathar rural hospital is the only hospital with 30-bed facility where no permanent doctor has been appointed. The hospital is supposed to cater to 35 thousand patients but only two doctors have been offering medical services to the people.

The rural hospital should have at least four doctors to provide medical treatment, but due to the absence of sufficient doctors and nurses, the patients have to run to the KK Civil Hospital, Golaghat which is more the 60 kilometres from Sarupathar.

As Sarupather and Barpather within Dhansiri subdivision are the sensitive areas of the Assam-Nagaland border, the long standing burning problems have not yet been solved.

The Krishak Mukti Sangram Samittee has appealed several times to solve the burning problems of Dhansiri, but still no problems have been solved by the government. So, the KMSS, has submitted a memorandum to the Chief Minister on February 26 demanding land pattas to the people of the forest areas, involvement of people in 100 days works through NREGA, establishment of two mini hospitals at Uriumghat and Chalukpather upgradation of the Sarupather Civil Hospital to a 100-bed hospital, appointment of three border magistrates at A, B and C sectors within Dhansiri subdivision, etc.

The KMSS has demanded fulfilment of the charter of demands within March 31 and if the State government fails to meet the demands, the KMSS would launch a strong agitational programme.

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