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Skirmishes by Naga miscreants decried

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI March 26 - The Retired Public Relations Officers and Employees� Association of Assam at its meeting on Saturday strongly condemned the violent activities by a section of Naga people, who have been habitually disturbing peace in the border areas of Assam since the last seven decades and urged the Government of India and the State Government to take effective measures to contain the depredation and hostility by the Naga miscreants.

The meeting, held on Saturday at the Guwahati Press Club under the presidentship of DN Chakravartty, discussed at length the border problems created by a section of the people of Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh and suggested effective measures to ensure peace in the border areas of Assam.

Initiating the discussion, Chakravartty analysed the weak policy of the Government of Assam and its failure to ensure an honourable and peaceful life for the Assamese people living in the border areas. He called for strong measures in the line of what was followed by powerful Ahom kings like Gadadhar Singha and Rudra Singha.

Retired bureaucrat JP Saikia gave a historical analysis of the information and public relations machinery in Assam. He said that modern welfare States are governed more by ideals of public relations rather than earlier practice of simple law and order.

Pratap Bordoloi, former Director of Doordarshan News Section and Chief Editor of the organisation�s organ Abosari, said that it would be an endeavour of the magazine to promote the healthy habit of writing among the retired public relations personnel in the State by highlighting the myriad experiences of their service life.

Bhaben Bez, Manorama Barua, Anupama Dutta Saikia, Nibedita Barua and Jagadish Barua in their speeches stressed the need for regular exchange of thoughts and ideas among the 500 retired Public Relations personnel in the State.

Earlier, Khagendranath Medhi, general secretary of the association in his report, referred to the great response from the retired Public Relations personnel throughout the State in building up the association.

He also mentioned that the organisation would devote attention towards rendering assistance to the poor and downtrodden in the State. He also said that the next meeting of the association would be held on May 7 at the Rajgarh Road-based Icon Academy here.

The association condoled the deaths of Prafulla Kumar Mahanta, Bhadra Bora and Kamakhya Sabhapandit.

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