GUWAHATI, Oct 10 - In response to a public interest litigation, a consolidated report on bandhs called by different organisations of Assam in 2014 has been prepared by the Home and Political Department.
As per statistics in the report, in the year 2014, there were 68 Assam bandhs, 9 part Assam bandhs, 32 district bandhs and 21 locality bandhs. The Planning and Development Department of Assam has also prepared and estimated the loss suffered by the State due to the bandhs called during 2014. As per GSDP, at current prices, 2014-15, the loss due to bandh, is Rs 4,328 lakh and in 68 days, the total loss due to Assam bandhs is Rs 2943125.896 crore.
The loss suffered by the districts during the days of bandh (Rs in lakh) are Nagaon- 17086, Sonitpur-13517, Kokrajhar-13368, Kamrup-10156, Barpeta- 8102, Dhubri-7023, Goalpara-6258, Baksa-5687, Bongaigaon-5132, Udalguri-4325, Dibrugarh-4888, Tinsukia-8299, Jorhat-4631, Sivasagar-6103, Karbi Anglong-3281, Chirang-2828, Nalbari-3949, Kamrup(M)-7330, Darrang-3793, Lakhimpur-3319, Golaghat-2509, Morigaon-2950 and the total estimate during the district bandhs called in 2014 (GDDP at current prices) is Rs 1484.06 ( in crore).
As per the minutes of the meeting held on September 14, prepared by the Home & Political Department, it is reflected that on August 6, the High Court made certain observations for which the draft legislation, �The Assam Prevention of Unconstitutional Bandh Act, 2014�, is required to be reviewed.
On September 1 again, the High Court observed that the draft legislation provides penal action against the residents/people of the locality instead of providing penal action against the office-bearers of the associations/organisations calling bandhs. The Court asked the State to respond as to why the office-bearers of such organisations should not be brought under the ambit of penal provisions. It was decided in the meeting that the draft legislation requires to be redrafted with necessary modification/insertion in the light of the observation of the Court.
The State of Arunachal Pradesh has also filed its affidavit in the PIL, indicating that there are 5,407 organisations registered under the Societies Registration Act. As per records available from 2012 (in AP), there were 116 bandhs, and the estimate for working days, lost ( in crore) during the financial years 2011-12 is 23.35, 2012-13 is 570.25, 2013-14 is 158.76, 2014-15 is 263.00, 2015-16 is 35.35 and the total is 1050.89 ( in crore).
Bhaskar Dev Konwar, senior advocate, appeared for the petitioner who sought the intervention of the High Court to deal with the menace of bandhs, which results in violence, death, injuries to persons and properties, financial loss, loss of earnings, etc.