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Buyer-seller meet held

KOKRAJHAR: A buyer-seller meet was organized at Girls College auditorium hall in  Kokrajhar on Thursday. The meet was organized under the Assam agricultural business rural transportation (APART) by project ATMA Kokrajhar.

The meet has emphasized to build a healthy co-relation among buyer and sellers while bringing fruitful business opportunities in the marketing field in BTAD region.

Nodal officer, Mudiram Patari told that the meet is stressing to gain good relationship among buyer and sellers in the region.

BTC director of Agricultural MM Swargiary attended the event.

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ABSU burns copies of Medical regulation rules

22 Sep 2016 - 5:02pm | AT News

The All Bodo Students Union(ABSU) strongly protested government’s step-motherly attitude towards indigenous tribal educational aspects across the state as indigenous tribal students deprives from getting admission into MBBS/BDS courses in the state.The students union activists burnt copies of Medical Colleges of Assam and Regional Dental College,Guwahati(Regulation of Admission into First year MBBS/BDS courses) Rules,2015 at Kokrajhar along RNB Road in Kokrajhar today.

Students union activists slammed the education department for anti-tribal policy as tribal students are deprived from getting doctorial admission in higher studies across the state.Students union activists and citizens shouted slogans against education minister and government citating that government should scrap rules of medical admission and provide equal rights to the students of all categories to meet equal development and spirit of integration.

Kastom Basumatary, ABSU education secretary said, “We want healthy and equal rights while taking higher studies in the state . Don't deprived indigenous tribals in the state while giving educational careers”.

He demanded that early inclusion of indigenous tribal students into medical courses to give higher studies as other community students got admission.

Chandan Brahma appeals to maintain peace

8 Sep 2012 - 10:02pm | Jayanta Kumar Das

BPF leader and Assam minister Chandan Brahma,addressed a huge peace rally at Tetelibhanguri under Kalaigaon Police Station today at 11.30 am.On the occasion of meeting family members of Krishna Kanta Boro,whose body was found at a paddy field near Bhakatpara on September 7, minister Brahma and other high level people of the state and BTC attended the peace rally. Minister Brahma specially thanked Udalguri district administration and Udalguri police for quick recovery of the dead body of Krishna Kanta Boro and arrest of the culprits. Declaring that an amount of Rs.6 lakhs would be paid to the family members within a time frame he also requested people belonging to all community to help district administration for checking anti social activities in the area.


On the occasion he said that education and rehabilitation of the children and wife would be done by the government. The minister declared that Bhakatpara police out post had already been upgraded to a full fledged police station.


Biswajit Daimari,MP (RS) while addressing people said that social and political differences must be short out by discussion and legal procedures. Rihon Daimari, MLA requested ABSU and AMSU to take the responsibility of maintaining peace in the sensitive areas so as to bring back normalcy at the earliest.He also thanked Thaneswar Malakar,DC and Debojit Deuri, SP of Udalguri for timely action to maintain law and order in the district.The peace rally was also addressed by Ramen Deka,MP and Jagadish Sarkar,MCLA,BTC.Several distinguished persons namely-Kamali Basumatari,MLA; Lwmsrao Daimari, EM, BTC; Bonjar Daimari,Dy Speaker BTC; Moneswar Brahma,MLA;Dandi Ram Rabha, MCLA, BTC and Thaneswar Malakar,DC,Udalguri attended the rally along with other high level civil and police officials and journalists.

Rti Findings Lead to Violent Threats in Assam

22 May 2007 - 5:30am | kbora
Akhil Gogoi of Golaghat town in Assam has been a beleaguered man for more than a year now. His life under threat, he has been practically forced to go underground following multiple applications under the RTI Act that would bring to light massive corruption by local officials. He is not alone. Namita Subedi, Sanjit Tanti and many others in Assam have also faced violent threats after they questioned the implementation of various schemes through RTI.

As the Secretary of the Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS), an activist group, Akhil Gogoi filed a number of RTI applications on March 2, 2006, seeking information on the implementation of schemes such as Indira Awas Yojana (IAY), Individual Beneficiary Scheme (IBS) and Sampoorna Gramin Rozgar Yojana (SGRY) from the concerned departments in Golaghat district. Thereupon, he was targeted by the authorities as a "troublemaker" and beaten up on several occasions. On December 9, 2006, KMSS workers on a cycle rally against the corrupt practices of the local authorities were assaulted, allegedly by Congress goons. Rumours were spread that KMSS was an illegal group and police complaints were filed against Akhil Gogoi and other KMSS members, which led to the arrest of two KMSS members, Mr. Horen Payeng and Mr. Jiten Doley, who were kept in custody for about 3 months.

According to Akhil Gogoi, the concerned departments at first refused to divulge any information under various pretexts. It was only after he approached the state's Chief Information Commissioner in November 2006 that some action was taken, with the Golaghat DRDA divulging the requested information.

Akhil Gogoi's group had conducted a thorough survey to crosscheck the implementation of the schemes by the panchayats, and visited all households in the Gomariguri Block of Golaghat district listed as IAY, IBS and SGRY beneficiaries. Not surprisingly, several irregularities came to light, including forged names listed as beneficiaries of IAY, half completed houses for some, and so on. Beneficiaries under the IBS scheme had not received most of the commodities. In the case of SGRY, road repair, digging of ponds and construction of houses had been done only on paper. The Cheque Release Register (CRR) for IAY, which the DRDA had to release under RTI, revealed malpractices to the tune of Rs. 35 lakhs. On August 7, 2006, cheques worth this amount were released through 12 panchayats for the construction of 140 IAY houses, for which there was no beneficiary list whatsoever. Following local media coverage of a press meet by KMSS in the first week of May this year, a staff person of the DRDA, Tarun Bora was dismissed on May 15, and the construction of 140 houses was finally begun.

The CRR for SGRY also unveiled a Rs 25 lakh scam, whereby stationery material worth that amount was shown to have been bought on August 12, 2006, from a non-existent agency. According to the guidelines, stationery cannot be bought under SGRY. The purported stationery was also nowhere to be found in the SGRY storehouse.

A women's organization, North East Network, (NEN), inspired by RTI crusaders such as Aruna Roy (MKSS), and the CHRI has taken the lead in training people from different organizations in Assam to use the Act since 2004. Based on information provided by NEN on the RTI process, Akhil Gogoi had appealed to the Information Commission of Assam. NEN has also compiled other instances of and has compiled many instances of such attempts.

Ms. Namita Subedi of Teliagaon Mahila Samiti of Sonitpur district of Assam, filed an application regarding the appalling condition of a road in her area. She discovered that an amount of Rs. 30 lakh had been sanctioned for its repair. She went to the PWD office to complain about the lack of repairs, taking some photographs of the road as proof. Namita's 'inquisitiveness' incensed the contractor responsible for the repair, as well the area's MLA who is responsible of road construction under the MLA Fund. Ms. Subedi now has to be constantly vigilant in case of any attacks.

In another instance, Sanjit Tanti of the Sodou Assam Adivashi Chatra Santha received information of massive misappropriation of funds under IAY in Udalguri district a few months back. The IAY officials offered Sanjit Tanti a bribe to not disclose the information. Two members of Sanjit Tanti's group, who went to the BDO on May 17, 2007 to follow up, were attacked by five men with kukris (machetes) while on their way back from the BDO's office, as reported in local papers of May 18, 2007.

A veritable Pandora's box of such corruption has come tumbling out in Assam with the use of the RTI Act. Threats and violence such as those perpetrated against Akhil Gogoi have followed in their wake, with the guilty scrambling for cover and using any means to stifle the RTI applicants. Such threats reveal the pervasiveness and depth of corruption in almost all the public offices, and the complete non-accountability of the officials with regard to public funds. These incidents should not deter the democratic right of the citizen to question government officials; in fact it should strengthen citizens in large numbers to promote public monitoring, and signal that these corrupt practices are no longer acceptable.

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