GUWAHATI, Feb 28 � The Assam Senior Citizens� Association has extended full support to the demand of the people of Assam as ventilated by various organizations fighting against the Government�s ill-conceived high dam plan which might create havoc to the region unless rectified properly in due time.
The association in its meeting held at recently Barpeta Road under the presidentship of Kamaleswar Bora, former Vice-Chancellor, Dibrugarh University, called upon the Government �to give up its confrontationist attitude and to take a realistic view in the larger and longer interest of the entire region.�
The general secretary of the association, DN Chakravartty, in his report, expressed unhappiness over the undue delay in the proclamation of State policy for elderly persons and implementation of the various enactments of the Government of India for the welfare of the elderly section of society. He said that most of the States of the country had already constituted the State council to look after the welfare of the senior citizens.
The meeting, by another resolution, called upon the people of the State � particularly those of the rural areas � not to fall prey to the unscrupulous agencies which had been at work to swindle money from the masses by promising a false financial paradise, and also by setting up bogus educational institutions to provide specialised trainings in different vocations such as hotel management, air hostess, etc.
The convener of the meeting, Dimbeswar Das, welcomed the members. Tobiul Hussain, Prafulla Kumar Mahanta, Prafulla Chandra Baruah, Lohit Chetia, Uttam Baruah, Nripen Phukan and Naren Sarma, while participating in the discussion, expressed the view that the association should wage a relentless battle against all forms of injustice in society in general and in respect of the senior citizens in particular.
A public meeting which followed was presided over by educationist S Saha. The meeting was attended by a large number of senior citizens of Barpeta and Baksa districts.