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Tribal organisations oppose ST status

Several tribal organisations of the state including All Assam Tribal Sangha (AATS), All Bodo Students Union (ABSU), NDFB-P, JACAS, PJACBM have  opposed the granting of ST status to the six communities.

The former president of the Tribal Sangha, Ranjit Kumar Borgoyary criticised the central government for granting ST status to the six communities. He alleged that granting of ST status to the six communities is a political game of the BJP party.He warned to go for strong protest against the government's decision in coming days. 

Promod Boro of ABSU said, 'Strong agitation will be carried out against govt for the issue'. He said that existing ST communities will step stern movement programmes against cabinet's decision. 

NDFB-P general secretary, Gavinda Basumatary said that they would not accept center's decision.

JACAS chairman Kharsing Ingti also opined the same. He urged the govt to rethink about the status.

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Assam : Media Persons Ask Their Due

15 Jan 2009 - 1:39am | Nava Thakuria
Media persons of Assam have to perform their duties under tremendous work pressure but with low return in terms of salary and other legitimate facilities. The trouble torn region has witnessed a media boom in the last decade but the media persons, including the journalists, continued to be the victim of exploitation by their respective proprietors.

The journalists, who remained vocal against the exploitation faced by the employees in other sectors, work without any job security as most of them do not have proper appointment letters. They are denied their due economic benefits recommended by the statutory wage boards and labour laws of the country. The insurance coverage to the media persons in the region is also deplorable.

Understanding the importance of insurance for the media persons, a pioneer pressmen's organisation of Assam has taken a significant initiative. Guwahati Press Club, a forum for the working journalists in the prehistoric city, has appealed the media group owners of the state to provide health and life insurance coverage to their employees. In a formal letter, disbursed on January 9, the press club argued that such a benefit would encourage the employees, including the journalists, to work with more commitment and dedication. "We observed that not more than 10 per cent of journalists and media persons in Assam are being entitled for the benefit of health and life insurance coverage," the letter to the media groups said adding that they were 'fully aware of the importance of such insurance benefits to media persons in the present socio-political context' of the region. The letter also informed that if for any reason, the managements were not ready to take the initiative immediately, they might join supporting such an attempt to be taken by Guwahati Press Club in the coming days.

Here it would be worth mentioning that Guwahati, the virtual capital of Northeast, witnesses the publication of more than 20 morning dailies, half of those in the Assamese language. Seven of these are published from more than one centre, whereas three Assamese dailies claim to enjoy around a circulation of one lakh. Lately, three satellite television news channels have emerged from the city, adding hundred more working journalists to the team of sentinels.

Both the print and visual media have created 8,000 direct jobs and provided indirect employment to 20,000 throughout the state with a population of 26 million. There are over 500 working journalists in the city, most of whom are associated with Guwahati Press Club. Christian missionaries initiated journalism in Assam in 1845, with the launch of 'Arunodoi'. Till 1979, the print media in Assam was merely another facet of social work. Two pioneers of Assam, namely RG Barua and Deveswar Sharma, published the dailies 'Assam Tribune', Dainik Asom' and 'Dainik Janambhumi' till the70s.

The historic Assam agitation in the 1980s' changed the social life and living of the Assamese community, which resulted in many new values confronting the local people. Amidst all the turmoil and social chaos, the local media witnessed a rapid boom in the 90s.

Though the print media boom is spectacular, there are people, who are apprehensive about the outcome. "We are witnessing the boom since early 90s but quality journalism remains elusive in our region. I agree the local media is facing a tough challenge from both national newspapers as well as the electronic media. But still, there is room for regional newspapers to play a constructive role in socio-economic growth in this part of India. Unfortunately, the existing dailies have failed to make any mark in this respect," says Prakash Mahanta, the general secretary of Journalists' Action Committee, Assam, a mediamen's rights body.

However DN Singh, a Guwahati-based journalist, makes a different point, "Journalists here have to work under tremendous pressure from the managements. As we do not have different beats in reporting, journalists have to cover all the important issues including political, economical, social and cultural. So it is quite impossible for a journalist to juggle so many assignments."

The ongoing insurgency and unrest among the youth of this region have put tremendous challenges to the working journalists based in Northeast. They are subjected to numerous threats from insurgents, surrendered militants and even the security personnel from time to time. The statistics reveal that the trouble torn region has lost over 20 dedicated editor-journalists in last two decades.

"You can find more than 70 per cent newspaper employees in Assam are deprived of basic minimum facilities such as appointment letter, leave, provident fund, ESI etc," says Rupam Baruah, the president of Journalists' Forum, Assam. He also added, "They are emotionally exploited by the management and subjected to no job security. There is no other way than fighting for our dues as recommended by the statutory wage board."

Computerization of Land Records launched at Bilasipara

2 Jul 2011 - 6:32pm | SyedaHasnahana

Project Dharitree or the “Computerization of Land Records (CLR)” Project was successfully kicked-started at the Circle Office, Bilasipara, on June 30, 2011. In this connection a public meeting was held at the Conference Hall of the Circle Office, Bilasipara on the same day. The Sub-divisional Officer (Civil), Bilasipara, Sri Dhruba Jyoti Das, presided over the said meeting. The Additional Deputy Commissioner (Revenue), Dhubri, Sri R Barman; the Circle Officer, Dhubri Revenue Circle, Sri M N Baruah; the District Informatics Officer, National Informatics Centre (NIC), Dhubri, Sri Kailash Kalita; the Circle Officer of Bilasipara Revenue Circle, Sri W S Daimari; the Circle Officer of Chapar, Smt. Ashru Moni Malakar; the Circle Officer of Bagribari, Si Anil Chandra Deori; and a sizeable number of general public attended the meeting.

In his welcome speech as president, Sri Dhruba Jyoti Das, the Sub-divisional Officer (Civil), Bilasipara, expressed his utmost pleasure on the introduction of computerized process of generation and maintenance of land records at Circle Office Level. He apprised all those present in the meeting that all the three Circle Offices of the sub-division are fully equipped with the infrastructure, technical support and expertise which are the essential pre-requisite for the introduction of Project Dharitree or the “Computerization of Land Records (CLR)” Project.

It a may be mentioned that the pilot project for Computerization of Land Records was implemented in Sonitpur district in the year 2003. Furthermore, it can also be added that in February, 2007, the Department of Revenue and Disaster Management, Assam, had approached the Department of Land Records, Government of India, for sanction of fund for statewide rollout of the land records computerization under “Computerization of Land Records (CLR)” Project. The Department of Land Records, Government of India, sanctioned Rs. 8.81 crore for statewide rollout of the land records computerization.

The Additional Deputy Commissioner (Revenue), Dhubri, Sri R Barman, formally inaugurated Project Dharitree or the “Computerization of Land Records (CLR)” Project in this meeting. In his speech, Sri R Barman apprised all those present in the meeting that the project is named after the Dharitree Software installed for the purpose of maintaining and generating computerized land records. Sri Barman added that the Revenue and Disaster Management Department, Government of Assam, under this project aims at computerizing the process of generation and maintenance of land records in the State. He further added that there will be a gradual replacement of manual records by computerized ones, besides this, almost all the activities of the Circle Offices will be automated and in time, will be linked up in real time with the District and State Head Quarters.

The Circle Officer, Dhubri Revenue Circle, Sri M N Baruah and the District Informatics Officer, Sri Kailash Kalita, in their respective lectures threw light on the function, advantages and future prospects of the “Computerization of Land Records (CLR)” Project. In may be mentioned that as the first initiation, a few copies of computer generated Jamabandi or Record of Rights (RoR) were formally distributed in the meeting amongst their concerned pattadars.

In his concluding speech, Sri Dhruba Jyoti Das, the Sub-divisional Officer (Civil), Bilasipara expressed his hope that the implementation of the Dharitree or the “Computerization of Land Records (CLR)” Project in the Circle Offices is sure to bring a sea change in the land records management system. He added that it is definitely going to improve the quality of services to the citizens by facilitating easy access to Records of Right (RoR) information, reducing procedural delays, enabling faster delivery of services.

Syeda Hasnahana
Sub-Divisional Information & Public Relations Officer

Mohilary appoints teachers

3 Jun 2014 - 6:49pm | Hantigiri Narzary

BTC Chief Hagrama Mohilaty ceremonialy distributed 165 appointment letters to the professor and non teaching staffs of seven colleges of BTC administration at a function held at BTC Legislative Assembly conference hall today in Kokrajhar.

Mohilary urges all professor and non teaching staffs of the colleges while distributing appointments to dedicate their services to the extend cooperations in building human resouces development.He said that council administration is ready to take neccesary steps in fowarding greate developments of school and colleges in the region.

The collges which have given appointmets includes Kokrajhar Science Collge,Bengtal College,Gossaigaon College,Salbari College,Nikashi Gyanpith College,Sakti Ashram Jogananadagiri College and Majbat College.

Among others BTC executive member,eductaion directior was also present in the function.