Black flags greet chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal at Dhemaji

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By: Prafulla Kaman

DHEMAJI, Feb 11: Members of Dhemaji District Students Union (DDSU) on Monday waived black flags before Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal’s convoy during his visit here in protest against the move of the Union government for passage of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 in the Rajya Sabha. The student body demanded for its scrapping of the Bill from the Parliament without further delay.

Several hundred of activist of the student organisation took out a bike rally bearing black flags along Dhemaji town roads, shouting slogans against the BJP-led government in Delhi and Dispur for their move to grant Indian citizenship to Hindu Bangladeshis in the state. They staged the protest on Sonowal’s way to launch Chief Minister Farm Tool Scheme in a public meeting here.

The protesters warned the chief minister not to play cats and mouse game with the sentiment of indigenous people of the state.

In the morning the student protesters staged sit-in-demonstration at Shwahid Nyash (near Thana Tinali) here waving black flags against the BJP led government.

“The Bill is a threat to the indigenous communities living in Assam and Northeast,” AASU vice president Chittaranjan Basumatary told media persons here.

“We have taken rigid decision to continue our protest until the bill is scrapped. The indigenous people will never tolerate forceful enforcement of such a bill”, Basumatary said.

Amidst protest, the chief minister launched the Mukhya Mantrir Krishi Sa-Sajuli Yojna (Chief Minister Farm Tool Scheme) here on Monday. Sonowal was accompanied by minister of state for panchayat and rural development Naba Kr Doley, Lakhimpur Lok Sabha MP Pradan Barua and Dhemaji MLA Dr Ranoj Pegu.

Addressing a huge public gathering, Sonowal said his government has given topmost priority to economic development of the rural farmers through implementing farm mechanisation schemes.

“My government is making special efforts for economic growth of the rural farmers. We are planning to promote 28 lakh farm families of the state by giving financial aid for purchasing tools for their agriculture activities and accordingly a fund worth Rs 33 crore has been earmarked against it,” Sonowal said, adding that his government is providing opportunity for subsidized agriculture loan for poor farmers.

Under the CM farm toll scheme the state government grants Rs 5,000 to the selected farmers (beneficiaries) through account transfer (DBT). The Chief Minister after launching the scheme handed over approval letters to ten selected farmers (beneficiaries) on the occasion.

The chief minister attended a swearing-in ceremony of the new members of Mising Autonomous Council (MAC) at Gogamukh.

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