Former CM to meet Centre leadership over state problems

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Guwahati, Sep 29 (UNI) Former Assam Chief Minister Prafulla Kumar Mahanta today said that his party, the Asom Gana Parishad (Progressive), will soon move the Central ministry over a host of issues concerning the state.

Addressing a press meet here, the AGP(P) chief said, ''The state government has failed in resolving several issues and the Centre needs to intervene to put things in place.'' He informed that an AGP(P) delegation will visit New Delhi shortly and meet the Prime Minister, Union Home Minister and Human Resource Development Minister to discuss major issues.

The issues include the demand for Scheduled Tribe status for six communities of the state, compilation of the National Register of Citizens and protection of rights of the indigenous people of the state.

Mr Mahanta said the other important issue to be highlighted is the relief and rehabilitation for the flood affected population. The party demanded BPL rice for at least three months, free books, free seeds and fertilizers and free tractorisation, among others, for the flood-hit people.

The former chief minister further informed that the AGP(P) leadership had called on state Governor Lt Gen. (retd) Ajai Singh today and sought his intervention in resolving the crisis in Gauhati University (GU) over the resignation of its Vice-Chancellor over alleged failure of the government in providing requisite funds.

The AGP(P) urged the Governor to ensure timely and adequate release of funds for GU, Dibrugarh University and Assam Agriculture University, the three state varsities.

The Governor assured of his personal initiative in all these matter, Mr Mahanta added.

UNI

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