GUWAHATI, July 21 - The Guwahati Senior Citizens' Association (GSCA) today decided to confer the title Nyay Ratna on Justice Ranjan Gogoi of the Supreme Court in recognition of his �laudable contributions to the spheres of law and justice of the country�.
A GSCA meeting held under the presidentship of DN Chakravartty today also supported the demand of the Ahoms, Chutias, Morans, Muttacks, Koch Rajbangshis and the tea tribes of Assam to be recognised as Scheduled Tribes (ST) as per the Constitution of India.
The association also suggested increasing the quota of Assam Civil Service (ACS) for nomination to the Indian Administrative Services (IAS) in view of lower representation of Assamese people in the IAS.
It discussed the possible social disturbances consequent to the "irresponsible and provocative utterances" of politicians and public leaders like Siddique Ahmed, Rasul Haque Bahadur, Dr Tapodhir Bhattacharjee and Asaduddin Owaisi and felt the urgent need for a legislation to contain possible communal turbulence in the country.
A resolution moved by Chakravartty for separation of the Barak Valley and Muslim-dominated areas of Dhubri and Goalpara from Assam was rejected by the association.
The association thanked the Assamese residents of Bengaluru for their praiseworthy initiative to set up a naamghar in the tech city. It appealed to the well-to-do Assamese people to develop a corpus fund to assist the initiative of setting up naamghars in places across the country having Assamese population.
The GSCA requested the Central government to frame a legislation for controlling and preventing mob lynchings which it said was assuming alarming dimensions in the country.
It also said that border policing in Assam was extremely poor and called for erection of boundary walls in the style of those along the Indo-Pakistan border.
The association condoled the deaths of Sachindranath Phukan, Ratikanta Deva Sarma, Dr Majibur Rahman, Amal Hazarika (Bhaimon), Nityananda Mahanta, Anwar Hussain, Kanu Gohain and 13 other senior citizens of the State.
Baneswar Khound, member in charge of administration and coordination, presented the action report of the association. Finance member Krishna Lahkar and editor Hem Sarma presented their sectional reports, while the new issue of the association mouthpiece Prashanti was released by Chakravartty. Working president Dr Devdas Bharali also addressed the meeting.