In a statement Gogoi accused some “fringe groups” of the BJP of trying to foment trouble by importing the beef controversy and to extract political mileage thereof. He said, “the government is maintaining a close vigil over the situation and timely intervention of the government machinery prevented the situation from snowballing into chaos.”
The University of Science and Technology, Meghalaya (USTM) had organized an interactive session among journalists from different parts of India where the scribes discussed about different aspects of Northeast those are reflected in the metro dailies. The session titled ‘Journalists’ interface: Northeast versus rest of India’ was organized on 15 March 2015 inside the campus of USTM.
Over 250 journalists from various parts of the country, who were in the city to participate in the 123 Working Committee Meeting of Indian Federation of Working Journalists (IFWJ) hosted by Assam Union of Working Journalists, joined in the discussion in presence of another 50 journalists from different parts of Assam and northeast India. M. Haque, the Chancellor of USTM, in the beginning welcomed the guests to the techno city, which is adjacent to Guwahati.
The interactive session witnessed the discussion of various relevant issues pertaining to the region amongst the visiting journalists where the issue of ‘negligence in the national media about Northeast’ was highlighted. Moreover the burning issues like insurgency, illegal foreigners, border conflicts etc were also discussed.
The IFWJ delegates led by its national president K. Vikram Rao and secretary general Parmanand Pandey assured that they would go back to their respective working places with the new understandings of the alienated region. Soon after the interface, the students of USTM and Regional Institute of Science & Technology presented a colourful cultural nite for the visiting scribes.
The United Liberation Front of Asom is preparing a massive blueprint to strike in the run up to the Republic Day forcing the government to fan security forces across the state.
According to sources, the banned insurgent outfit’s anti-talk faction is likely to target the Hindi-speaking people in some pockets of upper Assam. This is apart from a string of attacks at vital bridges, oil and gas installations.
The government has sounded a high alert in upper Assam following intelligence inputs of possible attack on OIL and ONGC officials along with some politicians during the run-up to Republic Day. The soft targets are likely the outside officials.
District administrations across the state have received message from Dispur directing to review the security scenario especially inter-state roads, borders areas, brick kiln, oil installations, railway tracks. Assam police border outposts have been instructed to make frequent patrolling with security checks. ONGC and Oil authorities are in constant touch with the central and state government.
Journalists’ Forum Assam (JFA) welcomes the decision of the management of The Hills Times (www.thehillstimes.in) to implement the Majithia Wage Board Award for its employees. The English daily, published from Diphu (printed in Guwahati), becomes the third media group in northeast India to take the initiative to enhance the salary & other benefits for their employees under the wage board.
The Assam Tribune group had already implemented the wage board and the management of Niyamiya Barta has lately declared to implement the prescribed wage board for the benefit of its employees including journalists.
The Supreme Court of India on June 19 redirected the owners of newspaper & news agencies to pay their employees according to the wages as revised/determined by the Majithia board since November 11, 2011 without differentiating between the permanent (full-time) and contractual employees in their establishments.
“We urge all media houses in the region to implement the wage board without delay. The managements must not linger on its implementation for more years. Otherwise, it would only degrade the print media as an institution slowly slipping down to the group of law-evaders in the country,” said a JFA statement endorsed by president Rupam Barua and secretary Nava Thakuria.