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Gogoi�s appeal to intellectuals

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, Jan 11 - Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi today made an appeal to writers, poets and intellectuals of the State to create an environment in which the largest sections of the people would be encouraged and motivated to develop positive thinking to secure a cohesive society and to counter threats from anti-social elements.

Gogoi, who met a delegation of the Assam Journalist and Literary Pensioners� Association at his residence today, hoped that with the cooperation of the saner sections of society, the State Government would find it easy to counter the terrorist elements as well as contain all anti-socials.

The delegation, while presenting a memorandum, requested the Chief Minister to enhance the quantum of literary pension to Rs 10,000 from the existing Rs 4,000.

The delegation also urged the Chief Minister to direct the Publication Board Assam to take up a scheme for publishing books of talented writers on a regular basis, which would promote the growth and development of Assamese literature.

The Chief Minister gave a patient hearing to the delegation and assured them of the Government�s action within the limits of the State�s financial capability.

The delegation, led by its president DN Chakravartty, included working president Bimal Kumar Hazarika, poet Anis-uz-Zaman and joint secretary Anima Gogoi.

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