| Plea for peace
Guwahati, Sept. 1: Dispur has called for a halt to processions and marches for a period of one month, in a bid to stop demonstrations which have the potential to aggravate tension and disturb the social fabric.
An official communiqué released by the state government said all persons, organisations and political parties are requested to cooperate and appealed that processions, rally, marches, which can disturb peace, should not be undertaken for one month.
It also said the government is relentlessly trying to undertake confidence-building measures to de-escalate the tension and usher in peace and harmony amongst all communities and bring back normality in the riot-hit districts and sought cooperation from one and all in this regard.
Chief minister Tarun Gogoi today reviewed the relief and rehabilitation measures in Kokrajhar, Chirang, Bongaigaon and Dhubri districts in a meeting with the chief secretary and other senior officials in his office here today.
Gogoi emphasised the need to provide vegetables with food items in the relief camps and also asked officials to ensure that hygiene and cleanliness was maintained in all camps.
He directed the officials to make necessary arrangements for functioning of the schools and colleges in the affected areas.
In order to ensure there is no further loss of classes of the students in the riot-affected areas, Gogoi asked the departments concerned to make arrangements, wherever necessary, so the classes of schools and colleges can resume again.
The decision comes after Supreme Court special commissioner (right to food) Harsh Mander yesterday had talked about the need for better nutrition for children and pregnant women in the BTAD relief camps.
He had also stressed on providing green vegetables for meals of camp inmates.
The meeting decided to provide inmates with vegetables like potato and spices like turmeric and chilly to make the food more palatable.
On the hygiene front, Gogoi instructed officials to provide proper sanitation facilities to camp inmates with focus on providing separate toilets for women.
Chief secretary N.K. Das and other officials attended the meeting.