GUWAHATI, Oct 31 � The Assam Association, Mumbai has demanded a superfast train between Assam and Mumbai. It has also called for steps to set up a permanent centre in Mumbai for promotion of the culture and literature of the NE region.
These two demands of the association were placed before Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi during a discussion held by a team of association executive committee members with the former in Mumbai on October 30, stated a press release here.
The association team, led by its president Paban Kumar Kotoki and comprising of Shyama Prasad Borthakur, Deepen Rajkonwar, Debojit Sarma, Mridul Saikia and Aparup Borpujari, also handed over a cheque of Rs 1 lakh to the Chief Minister. The amount was donated to the Chief Minister�s Relief Fund in aid of the victims of the recent floods in the State.
The Chief Minister assured all possible help to the association in redressing the above grievances, the press release added.
It needs mention here that there are over 10,000 Assamese people in Mumbai and over 500 Assamese families have permanently settled down in the metropolis. About 6,000 people from other parts of the NE region are also staying in Mumbai.
The Assam Association, Mumbai is a non-government and non-profit organisation and it primarily comprises Assamese people of the metropolis. It is involved in socio-cultural activities, promoting art, culture and literature of Assam and other parts of the NE region. It also works to further cultural exchange between Maharashtra and Assam.
The aim of the association in undertaking all these deeds is to strengthen communal harmony and national integrity.
The association also helps the cancer patients in various manners like providing financial support for needy ones, etc.
Though the history of the association may be stretched back to the pre-Independence period, it formally came into being in 1985 and was registered with the Societies Registrar of Maharashtra in 1991.