GUWAHATI, July 19 - Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal today held discussion with the various organisations of AIIMS demand committees and decided to write a letter to the Central Government highlighting the concerns and proposals of the AIIMS demand committees of Raha.
Chairing a gruelling meeting with various organisations of the AIIMS demand committees in the conference room of his office in the Secretariat here this evening, Sonowal expressed his concern and condemned the incident at Raha. He said, �the government will prepare a draft with full participation of the leaders of the AIIMS demand committees highlighting their concerns and proposals and send a letter to the Central Government to do the needful.�
The decision to write to the Union Health and Family Welfare Ministry was taken considering the deep rooted human interests involved in the issue and it is the prerogative of the Centre to take appropriate decision considering all relevant issues.
It may be mentioned that the decision to set up AIIMS at Jalah on the north bank of the Brahmaputra river was taken by the then Congress Government in the State in February 2016 which was given due approval by the then Chief Minister of Assam, said an official release.
Following the decision, the organisations leading the agitation for setting up of the AIIMS-like institution at Raha have decided to put their agitation on hold. Giving a patient hearing of the concerns and grievances of the demand committees, Sonowal said, �the State Government exhibits fullest sensitivity to the concerns of the people of central Assam and will do the needful for the interests of the people of State.� He also stated that the people of Assam have given responsibility to the new dispensation and the government will do full justice and serve the people of the State with utmost sincerity.
Sonowal also sought the cooperation from all concerned and called for �Team Assam� for stimulating the �growth trajectory� of the State. Condemning the incident that took place at Raha where one person lost his life, Sonowal said, �the State Government will show no leniency to anybody found to be guilty in the incident and the government will take action based on the findings of the one-man inquiry commission headed by the Additional Chief Secretary Rajib Bora.�
Minister for Commerce and Industry Chandra Mohan Patowary, Minister for Water Resources Keshab Mahanta, MLAs, Chief Secretary VK Pipersenia, few senior government officers along with a 19-member delegation representing the AIIMS demand committees were present in the meeting.