DHEMAJI, Aug 29 - The Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS), Dhemaji district unit has alleged that the elected leaders of the district are overlooking the plight of hundreds of flood and erosion-affected people in the subdivision amid hectic preparations for the next Assembly elections.
KMSS assistant secretary Abhijit Pait in a statement said that several hundred poor farmers living in the Jonai revenue circle are starving after losing their homes, crops and other household properties in the flash floods. But, the elected representatives of the district including MLAs from Jonai, Dhemaji LAC and Lakhimpur Lok Sabha MP are not paying any heed to the agonies of the affected farmers.
�A large number of farmers of the district, affected by this year�s devastating floods are yet to get rehabilitation and compensation. The local administration is yet to conduct a proper survey and assessment of the homeless families thanks to the indifferent attitude of the elected representatives�, Pait alleged.
It is reported that hundreds of homeless families are still living in relief camps, while many others are taking shelter on river dykes.
The discontentment among the flood-affected farmers erupted at Simen Chapori of the district recently. There was an altercation between police and affected people, as the administration evicted them from the area, where they were taking shelter in temporary makeshift camps.
KMSS said that nearly 150 affected families from different affected areas under Jonai revenue circle, who lost their homes and other properties in the flood, were taking shelter on social forest land, waiting for relief and rehabilitation from the government�s end.
Sources from Jonai subdivisional administration said that nearly 150 evicted families, hailing from the worst-affected sites are taking shelter in two relief camps and they are being supplied food and other requirements by the local administration.
Congress dharna: Along with the rest of the country, the Dhemaji District Congress Committee (DCC) and members of five block committees staged a dharna on Friday at their respective places demanding that the Central government halt the JEE and NEET examinations, which is scheduled to be held from September 1 this year.
The Congressmen led by the DCC president Nitu Borgohain staged a dharna at their Dhemaji district office, while the party members of Jonai block sat in dharna in front of the SDO�s office. Similarly, party activists of Sissiborgaon, Machkhowa and Bordoloni under the district also organised their protest programme at their respective blocks.
The Congress workers shouted slogans against Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Minister for Education Ramesh Pokhriyal �Nishank� and the State�s BJP leaders alleging that they are overlooking the probable health hazard of around 28 lakh talented students in the name of conducting entrance examinations.
The protesters during the dharna alleged that the BJP-led Central government is forcefully conducting JEE and NEET examinations ignoring the prevailing situation of coronavirus pandemic. They demanded that the NTA halt the entrance tests until the situation improves and be declared as safe by the medical experts.
Sources said that nine non-BJP Chief Ministers of the country are all set to appeal to the Supreme Court for reconsideration of its earlier judgment, wherein the apex court is permitting National Testing Agency to hold the examination obeying the laid down norms.