21 selected , 20 MLAs take oath as Parliamentary Secys

March 1, 2012

Dr. Mansing Rongpi of Hamren Constituency absent during the oath

Bidya sing Engleng and Dr. Mansing Rongpi from Karbi Anglong amongst others .

Guwahati 1 March :Twenty MLAs were today administered the oath of office as Parliamentary Secretaries at a function at the Srimanta Sankardev Kalakshetra.

Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi administered the oath to the MLAs who would later be assigned their departments.

The MLAs who were inducted into the Government as Parliamentary Secretaries included Rajendra Prasad Singh (Tinsukia), Raju Sahoo (Chabua), Jivantara Ghatowar (Moran), Pradan Baruah (Jonai), Sarat Saikia (Mahmora), Jon Jonali Baruah (Morigaon), Sukur Ali Ahmed (Chenga), Chandan Kumar Sarkar (Dakshin Abhayapuri), Bidya Sing Engleng (Diphu), Monilal Goala (Patharkandi), Abu Taher Bepari (Golokganj), Ilias Ali (Dolgaon), Bibekananda Doloi (Jagiroad), Rana Goswami (Jorhat), Bhupen Kumar Bora (Bihpuria), Sumitra Doley Patir (Dhemaji), Bolin Chetia (Sadia), Rekibuddin Ahmed (Chhaygaon), Maneswar Brahma (Barama) and Rakeswar Brahma (Majbat).

Twenty-one MLAs were supposed to be administered the oath but Mansing Rongpi was absent today.

Of the 21 MLAs, 19 belong to the ruling Congress and two are from its ally the Bodoland People’s Front (BPF)

Chief Secretary-in charge PP Varma conducted the oath-taking ceremony


Police Outpost attacked by Villagers in Karbi Anglong, nine injured

February 26, 2012

Diphu, 26 Feb: At least nine people, including four policemen, were injured in central Assam’s Karbi Anglong district Sunday after a clash between police and villagers.

Four armed constables of 23rd IRB including five civilians were injured when a mob of around 500 persons attacked Deithor police outpost at around 10.30 am Sunday, which is believed to be the stronghold area of KPLT.

All the injured police personals and civilians were rushed to Golaghat civil hospital. The outpost is under Borpathar police station in Bokajan subdivision.

According to Siraj Ingti, officer in charge of Borpathar police station “some armed persons” in the midst of the mob fired on the police constables camped inside,meanwhile  havildar Nripan Kalita and constable Diganta Deka sustained bullet injuries in their abdomen.
The rampaging horde also destroyed the food stock of the reserved police, he said.

A Sumo patrolling vehicle and a motor bike used by the police have also been damaged by the crowd.
The office in-charge said that to disperse the mob, police had to fire more than 50 rounds in air, and in the cross firing at least four police personnel sustained injuries, a portion of the outpost have been torched by angry mob.

According to Shiraj Ingti, police patrolling party detained three youth on “suspicious” from a village near Deithor outpost on Saturday.
However, they were released on Sunday as the police did not find anything objectionable against them.

Police said that the youth after their release went back to the village and came back with more men to attack the police station.
After the incident an additional police force including CRPF has been deployed in Deithor to take stock of the situation.

“The situation turned worse when the group attacked the policemen and two of them were seriously injured,” police said adding that they had to resort to firing to control the mob.

“Four policemen and five villagers were injured during the incident,” police said adding that all the injured have been shifted to Jorhat Civil Hosiital in Jorhat.

Both Superintendent of police and deputy commissioner rushed to Deithor to take stock of the situation.
While talking to this reporter from the place of incident, Deputy Commissioner of Karbi Anglong Rakesh Kumar said “our priority is to arrange to save the injured, all the eight persons are being shifted to Jorhat Medical College and now the situation is totally under control”.

Stormy KAAC budget session

February 25, 2012

DIPHU 25 FEB :  Non congress members of the Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council Friday walked out of the emergency budget session of KAAC protesting against various anomalies in both plan and non planned financial statement.

ASDC and PAPA backed MAC Jagat Sing Engti, Kang Jang Teron, Robin Son Kro later held a press meet at ASDC (P) office in the evening and blamed the ruling congress for its total failure in protecting the interest of the autonomous district.

Jagat Sing Engti said that the so called KAAC budget has been prepared by Assam government where no provision for proposed medical college, polytechnic, has been made.

Political turmoil in DHAC. Newly elected Chairman Kur Rongpi threatened to be ousted.

February 19, 2012

Haflong , 20 Feb: The Political Equation in Dima Hasao Autonomous Council has once again become very fluid. A sharp difference between congress leaders within the party has virtually created a split in the party. In a recently held Chairman election of the Council, where Kur Rongpi from Garampani Constituency (Umrongso)  won the chairmanship of the council by 5 votes has brought the conflict within the party into the open.

During the election of chairman of DHAC, the faction supporting G C Langthasa , President of DHDCC ( Dima Hasao District Congress Committee ) has supported Depolal Hojai , who got 10 votes where as the faction supporting CEM Debojit Thaosen proposed the name of Kur Rongpi, who got 15 votes.

Meanwhile in a related development, the district unit of congress has resolved to demand the ouster of the chairman and all the executive members who had thwarted the election of Hojai, the party official candidates for the post of chairman. The decision was taken in a meeting held on Friday. This was stated by district congress spokesperson Kalijoy Sengyung and Samuel Changsan, executive member and member of DHAC respectively, who are still loyal to Langthasa and their APCC bosses in Guwahati.

It is interesting to note that those loyal to CEM Debojit Thaosen are those who had joined the party after deserting ASDC and BJP.

Karbi students’ body criticizes government’s apathy

February 17, 2012

GUWAHATI, Feb 16: The Amri Karbi Students’ Union (AKSU) has slammed the State Government for not fulfilling the demands of the people of the 18 tribal villages in the Gorbhanga area near West Guwahati along the Assam-Meghalaya border.

Addressing a press meet here on Thursday, president and general secretary of the AKSU Hareswar Ronghang and Bishnu Nandan Teron respectively said that the people of those 18 villages had recently expressed their desire to merge their villages with Meghalaya. “It’s really shameful on the part of the Assam Government. The Assam Government has utterly failed to address the grievances of the people of these 18 villages,” said Teron, “Most of these villages don’t have basic infrastructure facilities despite submission of several demands by the villagers. In the last many years, no government schemes were implemented in those villages. There are no medical facilities, good roads and electricity.”

The villagers also submitted their grievances to the West Guwahati MLA, Hemanta Talukdar, but nothing has been done so far. “The MLA misbehaved with them instead of solving their problems,” alleged Teron.

The AKSU has also urged the State Government to do development works in those backward 18 villages along the Assam-Meghalaya border.

New KAAC executive body declared.

February 15, 2012

New KAAC Executive body.

1. Joyram Engleng, CEM – Finance, Personnel (Council and transffered sector), GAD, All centrally sponsored schemes/ projects and any other subjects not allocated to any other EMs.
2. Jivan Ch. Pathak ,EM – Water resourse, town and country planning.
3. Dominik Uphing Maslai, EM – DRDA, P&RD.
4. Bhuban Ch. Terang, EM – Forest and Environment, Tourism.
5. Premola Beypi, EM – Social Welfare, ICDS
6. Bidya Sing Rongpi, EM – PHE, Art & Culture.
7. Mongol Sing Timung, EM – Agriculture
8. Longki Timung, EM – Soil Conservation, Co-Operation
8. Raton Engti, EM – PWD
9. Alice Engtipi, EM – Handloom &Textlies, Sericulture
10. Ashok Teron, EM – Health & Family Welfare
11. Tuliram Ronghang, EM – Education
12. Pradip Difusa, EM – Animal husbandry & Veterinary, Library

Engleng likely to remain Karbi council CEM

January 16, 2012

DIPHU 15 Jan :Congress member Joy Ram Engleng is likely to hold on to his post of chief executive member (CEM) of the Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council (KAAC) this time too. Engleng beat Pator Phangcho, an Independent candidate backed by Peoples’ Alliance for Peace Agreement (PAPA), a conglomerate of 53 political parties, in the prestigious Duar-Amla constituency.

However, another faction of the party is forwarding the name of Bhubon Ch. Terang, who was the executive member and in-charge of the health, family welfare, town & country planning, town committee affairs of the KAAC. Terang won the Socheng Dhenta seat this time. tnn

“Though Joy Ram Engleng has the maximum chances of becoming the next CEM, Bhubon Ch Terang also stands a chance. The rest is in the hand of party high command in Dispur and Delhi. However, the selection will be done in a democratic way after the consent of majority of the members of autonomous council,” said a top party source.

Though the selection of the chief executive member (CEM) was slated to be before the Bhogali Bihu celebration on Sunday, it will take a few more days to complete the procedure.

The selection of the chairman for the KAAC is completed on Friday after Congress member Rupsing Teron was sworn-in the chairman of the 11th KAAC. Among the 26 winners, he was the only one who expressed the desire to become the chairman.

Mukul Kathar, election officer, Karbi Anglong district, said, “Except Rupsing Teron, no other MAC has registered any nomination for the coveted post.” Teron was the vice-chairman of the council in the last council.

The Congress, which has come to power for the third consecutive term, has 15 winners followed by eight from PAPA. The other three were Independent candidates, one backed by an alliance and two dissident Congress leaders – Pradip Singnar and Dhonsing Kro.

PAPA-backed United Peoples’ Democratic Solidarity (UPDS) joint secretary Surjya Rongpher said, “We got very little time for the election but we will continue our democratic struggle for the proposed territorial council.

The conscious section of society voted for us. If we had time to make people aware about our peace pact with the Centre, we would have fared well.”
It was the first KAAC polls after the UPDS signed a peace pact with Delhi.