KOKRAJHAR, Jan 5 � In continuing efforts, the Kokrajhar district administration held a peace meeting with all NGOs, student and literary organisations at the deputy commissioners office here on Sunday with DC Thaneswar Malakar in the chair. The meeting was attended by the leaders of several NGOs, ABSU, AASAA, BSU, Gaonburha Association and literary bodies.
The meeting discussed the prevailing situation, relief and rehabilitation works, problems of the students, health and sanitation and other problems in the relief camps.
While taking stock of the official works by various departments, the DC also sought opinion from the All Adivasi Students� Association of Assam (AASAA), ABSU, BSU and NGOs over the return of relief camp inmates and their resettlement.
Malakar called upon all the NGOs and the student and literary organizations to work together for bringing peace and normalcy in the district and appealed them to hold peace meetings in thana level to build up confidence among the people. He said that several political parties and other organizations may have come visited the affected villages, but the local people, being the responsible citizens of the society, should do their bit to bring back peace and normalcy across the district. He also called upon the people to be aware of outside elements who might be trying to take advantage of the situation to fuel disharmony.
Later talking to media persons, Malakar said that as many as 40 fixed pickets have been set up in the district. He said there were still 1,25,000 inmates in 69 relief camps in Kokrajhar district and the numbers of camp inmates is going down daily as many villagers, who took shelter in the relief camps for fear of being attacked, have gone back to their homes. The DC also said that he will consider the demand of the representatives in the meeting to set up in villages and to supply medical aid, relief materials, sanitation, drinking water and other facilities in the villages.