DOOMDOOMA, Aug 2 - At the time when the State is going through severe financial crisis and over 40 lakh people have been affected by floods, at such time celebration of Independence Day with three to seven day programme by the State Government is a sheer wastage of public money. Terming such wastage of public money as a crime, the Assam Sanmilita Mahasangha (ASM), a confederation of indigenous people of Assam has urged the State Government to stop such wastage of public money.
Addressing a press conference at the Doomdooma Press Club on Sunday, ASM working president Matiur Rahman and chief publicity secretary Ajit Moran said that for the people of Assam, there is no value of independence as the Centre has deprived the indigenous people of the State from their right by birth over the resources found in the State.
The ASM leaders also demanded that the State Government rehabilitate the over 40 lakh flood-affected people by giving them financial assistance and a plot of land. They have also urged the State Government to take possession of the unused land which is under possession of the NF Railway and various tea gardens of the State and to distribute such land among the flood-affected people.
The ASM also demanded that the SDO (Civil) of Kaliabor be dismissed from service and to realise a fine of Rs1,00,00,000 (one crore) from her for degrading the image of the State by sending a wrong photo to the official WhatsApp group, which eventually got included in the Interim Flood Report 2016 submitted to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh by the State Government, so that no government official dare to neglect duties.
The ASM strongly condemned the Central Government for not giving any additional assistance to the State for tackling floods during the visit of Rajnath Singh. It also urged all the organisations of the State not to raise the demand of declaring the problem of floods in Assam as a national problem. It opined that this problem should be tackled by the State Government itself. If necessary, the State Government may take the help of China, Japan etc in this regard.