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PPFA slams militants, appeals for I-Day celebration

Guwahati: Patriotic People’s Front Assam (PPFA) today denounces the diktat of separatist militants on celebration of 72nd Independence Day and appeals to the people of the region to celebrate the auspicious day with fanfare.

The PPFA in a statement argues that every Indian should hoist Tri-colour on I-Day and Republic Day paying tributes to the martyrs of freedom struggle. Only an ungrateful nation can think of boycotting an occasion scheduled for honouring the martyrs, asserted the forum. It may be noted that various rebel groups comprising United Liberation Front of Asom (Independent), co-ordination committee of RPF, UNLF, PREPAK, PREPAK (Pro) etc asked the people of Northeast to boycott the I-day on 15 August.

In a media statement, terming the region as Western South East Asia (WESEA), the militant outfits called for total shutdown with effect from Tuesday midnight to Wednesday evening in entire region. It also claimed that the I-Day celebrations were imposed in the area where as the people were demanding freedom from New Delhi’s colonial rule. The PPFA however clarified that militants were only day dreaming to make the region independent out of India, as the people continue rejoicing the independence. Moreover the residents have joined in the nation building process participating in all elections to elect their representatives.

“Those militants must not forget that hundreds of freedom fighters from the alienated region sacrificed immensely for making India a sovereign nation. They faced the batons, bullets and gallows of colonial British forces during the freedom movement. Those brave hearts should be honoured on I-Day and R-Day,” it added. The forum finally appeals to every individual and organizations of the northeastern India to salute the Tri-colour before demanding dues from the government and spare both the sacred days from any agitating purpose and dedicate I-Day and R-Day for paying tributes for known and unknown martyrs of freedom struggle.

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AASU to go all out against infiltration

30 Jul 2008 - 1:26pm | editor
The All Assam Students Union is holding a brainstorming meeting in the city on Wednesday to cle4ar a set of strategies for launching a statewide intensified strike against the Bangladeshi infiltration.

According to information, the meeting will discuss in detail the course of action to be taken to ensure an intensified action to detect and deport the illegal Bangladeshi migrants who have infiltrated from across the border to disturb the state’s demography.

Talking to Assam Times on Wednesday morning, AASU leaders said they are taking serious note of the recent High Court ruling asking the government to detect and deport the Bangladeshi migrants. They have alleged that political parties like Congress, BJP, AGP, CPI, CPM and AUDF have been remaining silent fearing a dent in the traditional vote bank. AASU have organized several public rally against infiltration in Sivasagar and Tinsukia and it will be followed by a statewide intensified strike.

Positive sign: Rajkhowa

24 Nov 2015 - 2:56pm | AT News

ULFA chairman Arabinda Rajkhowa said that the Centre is very positive on the problems confronting Assam and its people.

Talking to Assam Times after coming out of the tripartite ULFA-Government talks in New Delhi on Tuesday, Rajkhowa said both sides have shared the concern and agreed to carry forward the peace process.

"We have asked the government to ensure direct participation of our founder general secretary Anup Chetia. The government side has assured us of steps. Let Anup come and participate. We will keep waiting," said Rajkhowa.

The pro talk ULFA team said that minus Anup Chetia the talks won't be fruitful.  

Rajkhowa led the pro talk ULFA delegation in the tripartite talks presided over by Union home secretary Rajiv Mehrhish.

Union minister of state for home Kiren Rijiju also attended the meeting along with peace interlocutor PC Haldar.

Adivasi students protest on wage settlement

28 Feb 2015 - 12:55pm | Hantigiri Narzary

Hundreds of activists from All Adivasi Students Association of Assam(AASAA) and Akhil Bharatiya Chah Mazdoor Sangha(ABCMS) staged dharna and burnt effigies of Consultative Committee of the Plantations’ Association (CCPA) and Assam Chah Mazdoor Sangha(ACMS) and in protest against the finalised the daily cash wage agreement for the tea garden workers of the Brahmaputra Valley for a period of three years with effect from January 1 this year,today at Lalmati Tea Estate in Kokrajhar.

The activists with placard and banner shouted slogans demanding hike of wage up to Rs. 335 from Rs.95 and CCPA and ACMS has now reached agreement of getting Rs.115 in their working days.The students union and Mazdoor Sangha strongly protested the wage settlement and termed it anti-people agreement from CCPA authority through government policies.

The agitators demanded investigation into agreement on the settlent and held chief advisor of ACMS Pawan Singh Ghatowar, president BN Tanti and general secretary D Tanti and provide proper wagess to the tea estate workers.

Stepen Lakra,vice president of AASAA and Ismail Dhanowar,ABCMs leader protested the agreement and termed it a anti-people step to derail the demands of the tea garden workers.They demanded workers shold be given Rs.335 in their working wages so that they can meet their needs.

The agreement on wages has stated it clearly that in case a minimum wage under the Minimum Wages Act is notified by the Government of Assam, the notified minimum wage will apply prospectively. It further agreed that in computing the minimum wage the value of fringe benefits or the in-kind wages provided to workers shall be taken into consideration as per the law.

According to the agreement, each of the tea garden workers of the Brahmaputra Valley will get Rs 115 as daily wage between January 1, 2015 and December 31, 2015. Each of them will get Rs 126 per day as wage between January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2016. Between January 1, 2017 and December 31, 2017, each of them will get Rs 137 as daily wage.

The terms of this settlement will be given effect from the wage period commencing on or after March 1, 2015 and arrear wages for the applicable period from January 1, 2015 will be paid by June 30, 2015.