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Panel turns heat on NHAI

Kokrajhar, Feb. 3: The Public Demand Co-ordination Committee in Kokrajhar demanded the release of compensation money for acquisition of land for the four-laning of National Highway 31 (C) in the district.

The committee warned of an agitation if the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) failed to release the money at the earliest.

The committee organised an executive meeting at Alangi Bazar today.

Committee general secretary Ashok Goyary said land of villagers were acquired for the said purpose during 2005-2006. But till date the villagers have not received any compensation.

According to the committee, there were 288 individuals in the Karigaon and Joypur areas who did not get compensation. The areas fall under Haltugaon forest division. The committee said though the areas belong to the forest department, the NHAI had to compensate for the eviction drive.

“The villagers have been residing in the forest area since 1950 and have shops and agricultural land but despite providing all the documents sought by the NHAI, they have not been compensated,” he said.

The committee warned of intensified agitation by way of dharna and hunger strike if its demands were not met.

The construction for the four-laning of NH 31 (C) in the area had to be stopped because of protests from local residents over compensation.

Goyary also said the NHAI has assured that talks would be held on February 11. He warned that if the talks did not yield good results, the villagers would be compelled to launch an agitation.

Hunger strike

The All BTC Unemployed TET-passed Association staged a 72-hour hunger strike from Monday at Raas mela ground in Kokrajhar demanding the appointment of all remaining TET-qualified candidates.

The association said 5,709 TET-qualified (3,501 in lower primary and 2,208 in upper primary) candidates are yet to be appointed.

A memorandum has been submitted to the Union human resource minister in this regard.

“According to the result, 4,877 in lower primary and 2,387 candidates in upper primary schools qualified respectively. But only few have been appointed so far on contract,” said association working president Binoy Narzary and secretary Praksah Goswami in the memorandum.

The association rued that it has met the state education minister, mission director of Sarva Sikha Abhiyan, Assam, BTC executive member, in-charge of education, but did not get any positive response.

It demanded that the appointment should be done on merit and seniority.