SILCHAR, Sept 5 � At a time when the fear of a probable food crisis is looming large over the Barak Valley ahead of the proposed �mega block� on the Lumding-Silchar railway route from October 1, the Grahak Suraksha Samiti (GSS), a local consumer forum, has reached out to the people of Dima Hasao district with an appeal, seeking their co-operation during the closure.
Biplab Kumar Goswami, general secretary of the forum, said that a delegation of the GSS visited Dima Hasao on August 25 to discuss the matter with the people and organisations of the hill district and sought their support during the ensuing �mega block.� He added that the delegation met Manoj Garlosa, secretary of the Haflong Public Service Forum, the former chairman of the Haflong Town Committee, Gopinath Garlosa, Jewel Garlosa, the Chief Executive Member of the Haflong Autonomous District Council, Debojit Thousen, working member Nirmal Langthasa, Denis Teron and Laljesua Bete and made an appeal for mutual assistance during the �mega block.�
�The GSS delegation has urged the people of Dima Hasao to keep an eye on the possible hike of fares of passenger and goods carriers on the Haflong-Silchar route during the mega block. Also, the delegation asked the members to demand the immediate repair of the Umrangso-Haflong-Silchar and the Lanka-Haflong-Silchar roads and guard against hoarders and black-marketers who might try to take advantage of the situation during the shutdown.
Goswami said that Kalyan Doulagopu, the president of Jadike Naisho Hasom (JNH), the Dimasa apex body, and its general secretary Brajendra Waindra have assured support and cooperation during the �mega block.�
�In our meeting with the JNH president and general secretary at the Haflong Circuit House, both praised the initiative taken by us and said that they would extend total support to our cause,� Goswami added.