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NRC update: Farmers' body wants 2014 rolls

SILCHAR, June 30: A massive public meeting was organized today by Bharatiya Krishak Sramik Mahasamiti (BKSM) at Narsingtola ground here. It was followed by a public rally which started at 11 am and after moving through the main thoroughfares of the town concluded in front of the office of the Deputy Commissioner of Cachar. They also submitted a memorandum to the Central and the state government through the Deputy Commissioner, S Viswanathan, , demanding the inclusion of voters’ list of 2014 as admissible document for ongoing NRC update.
Besides this pressing demand, the memorandum also contained a four point charter of demands which include enhancement of daily wages for the rural and tea garden labourers to Rs.300 and providing them social security, minimum Rs.100 to be paid for every working day to house maids, landless rural and tea garden workers should be given land rights and pattas against them. They also demanded for immediate release of Pratima Pahari who is a bonafide citizen of India but has been confined in detention camp.
Sripada Dhar, general secretary, BKSM, said Naren Orang, Arjun Orang and Suman Orang, who are members of the Mahasamiti, have been falsely accused of being Maoists and presently are in jail. Demand was also raised for their immediate release.
It was further reiterated that as the voters’ lists from 1951 to 1971 are not only erroneous but also incomplete, the Mahasamiti have demanded acceptance of the voters’ lists of 2014 as an admissible document in the ongoing NRC update.
Sripada Dhar questioned how can the Bengali speaking people be treated as illegal migrants when they have been living in Assam for more than last 300 years? After partition, lakhs of Bengalis, both Hindus and Muslims, migrated to many parts of the country from East Pakistan, now Bangladesh. They have been accorded citizenship in all other states with the sole exception in Assam. The constitution guarantees equal rights and fundamental exercise of franchise by all sections of people, irrespective of caste, creed and community. On the same strength Bengalis have also the fundamental and constitutional right to have citizenship and franchise.
Islam Uddin Laskar, president, BKSM, reminded that due to chauvinism, Assam has been witness to its several vivisections. He cautioned if the demands of the poor and downtrodden people of Barak Valley do not get justice, they will have no option left but to go for more intensified agitation. (Source:SentinelAssam)

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