GUWAHATI, June 29 - Leader of Opposition in the Assam Legislative Assembly Debabrata Saikia has expressed concern over the 7th Pay Commission�s proposal for abolishing the Directorate of Historical and Antiquarian Studies, along with the Directorate of Archives, and urged Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal not to accept the proposal under any circumstances.
In a letter to the Chief Minister, Saikia pointed out that the British had nurtured these institutions despite being a colonial power and these were also testaments to the sacrifices and hard work of Assamese luminaries like Radha Kanta Handique and Dr Surya Kumar Bhuyan.
�The ancient documents, including maps and illustrations, preserved in these two institutions represent a treasure trove of Assam�s history, geographical features and culture. Students of history and antiquarian studies from all over India benefit from the materials preserved under the aegis of these two directorates,� Saikia said.
He said there is ample scope to suspect that the Pay Commission�s proposal was the result of a political conspiracy to undermine the unique history and culture of Assam.
Urging the Chief Minister to preserve the two directorates for the sake of the future generations of Assam, Saikia said any community which did not cherish its own history faced a bleak future.