GUWAHATI, March 10 � The Asam Sahitya Sabha has served an ultimatum to the state government to implement the Assam Official Language Act within March 31.
The Sabha said that in spite of repeated representations made before the government, the authorities had been totally inert on the issue.
"Unless the Act is implemented by March 31, we will build up a vigorous mass movement," Sabha vice president Paramananda Rajbongshi said while talking to mediapersons here on Friday last.
On the issue of separate State, the Sabha ruled out any support to any demand for carving out a separate state out of Assam, saying that the all important matter of providing safeguard to the language, literature and culture of the indigenous communities must precede any move or demands for separate states.
The Sabha also asked the agitators demanding separate states and the indigenous groups living in autonomous councils to make public there stands on the issue of safeguarding their fundamental rights as well as language, literature and culture.
"The Sabha is committed to preserving and promoting various languages and cultures of the different indigenous communities of Assam. At the same time we are also for having Assamese as the link language with Bodo as an associate state language. We also caution both the state government, the centre and the administrations of autonomous councils not to do anything detrimental to the interest of the Assamese language," said Rajbongshi.