The overall flood situation turned grim on Tuesday with the water levels of the Brahmaputra and its tributaries rising further. The toll in this flood wave alone has gone up to 10. Incessant rains since Monday night has inundated many localities and main roads. According to senior government officials, upper Assam districts bore the brunt of flood with lakhs of people reeling under flood waters in the districts of Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Tinsukia, Dibrugarh, Sibsagar and Jorhat districts. Six people are missing in flood waters in Teok where 40 villages have been submerged. The National Disaster Response Force jawans continue the rescue operations.
Cases of Japanese encephalitis refuse to die down in Barpeta. Yet another patient lost his life in the district creating panic among the people of all walks of life.
Idetified as Jumi Begum, the resident of Durgapur in Bhella died of this dreaded disease recently when she was undergoing treatment at the Gauhati Medical College Hospital.
The death of the pregnant woman sent shockwaves across the district. Another resident of the same district Rajnikanta Das died after suffering from the same decease on June 28. With this, the death toll in Japanese encephalitis has gone up to 3 in the district.
However, a number of patients hailing from Bahari, Sarthebari, Bhella, Sila, Dokreswar, Satrabaradi, Sundaridiya, Sorbhog, khorisala etc have been undergoing treatment in the various private nursing homes and hospitals of Guwahati.
They have been identified as Prasenjit Das of Sundaridiya Satra; Dimbeswar Das of Khatalpara, Howly; Padumi Talukdar of Bahari; Nogen Deka of Sarthebari, Labaram Pathak of Sila, Sumoti Pathak of Darkeswar, Rafikul Islam of Sorbhog.
Thursday was a day of protests in Nagaon town. Assam State Power Workers’ Union, Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuba Chatra Parishad (AJYCP) Nagaon unit and Sadou Axom Harijan Mazdoor Union, Nagaon unit staged separate demonstrations in against different issues on Thursday morning.
The activists of the Assam State Power Workers’ Union staged demonstration, demanded for the revision of the pay scale of the board employees. The activists raised slogans against the Chairman & ASEB management and demanded for the revision of pay package. They alleged that the management has not done any revision of pay since 1997. In the press release they stated that on June 3, 2010 the board has assured the ASPWU of implementing the revised pay package for the employees of the Assam State Electricity Board (ASEB) within 45 days. As the authorities have failed to respond to their demand, the union decided for the agitation. ASPWU also mentioned if the authorities didn’t respond to them, the workers would go six-hour token hunger strike on August 10.
On the other hand, the activists of Axom Jatiyatabadi Yuba Chatra Parishad (AJYCP) of Nagaon unit also staged sit in demonstration in front of Deputy Commissioner’s office in Nagaon on Thursday from 10.30 am. The activists demanded for the immediate inquiry of the recent scam of Irrigation department in Nagaon which came to limelight when a journalist Munidra Saikia filed a petition of public interest litigation before the Hon’ble Gauhati High Court vide order no PIL-85 of 2009 and also asked for CBI inquiry of the corruption in the irrigation department in Nagaon district. The journalist also lodged an FIR related with the scam in Nagaon police station and a case (no – 917/2010) was registered. The general secretary of AJYCP Nagaon unit Prabir Ch. Das told Eastern Chronicle “ We have a doubt that there may be some political leaders involved with scam which led to the sudden halt of the investigation process. We want a free & fair investigation; and not be under political influence.” The activists, who staged demonstration for more than 2 hours, later submitted a memorandum to the chief minister of Assam through the deputy commissioner of Nagaon.
The members of Sadou Axom Harijan Mazdoor Union of Nagaon unit also staged agitation in front of the Nagaon Municipality Board. The union demanded for the new revised minimum wages for the Harijan Mazdoors in Nagaon. The mazdoors protested with raising various slogans against the Chairman of Nagaon municipality Board. “ The chairman promised us to give a suitable decision on August 3rd related with the implementation of the revised pay of Harizan Mazdoors. But till date he remained silent”, as alleged by a member of the union. The protesters further told the media that they would remain off from their duty if the government Municipality board denied to accept their demand.
Chief minister Tarun Gogoi on Thursday ordered a probe into the recent incident at Jorhat Medical College where foetuses were found in a dustbin.
Gogoi asked pPrincipal Secretary of the health department Sanjeev Kumar to probe another incident at Gauhati Medical College and Hospital where a pregnant woman gave birth to twins in a bathroom that eventually resulted in their deaths.