| Asam Sahitya Sabha members at the oath-taking ceremony in Ahotguri on Monday. Picture by UB Photos |
Morigaon, July 7: Asam Sahitya Sabha today began its jagoron jatra, an awareness movement, here on using Assamese.
As part of the movement, the Sabha held a meeting at Bihutoli in Marigaon town urging people to use Assamese and handed over a memorandum to Morigaon deputy commissioner Solanki Vishal Vasanth requesting him to take initiatives to use Assamese in all offices of the district.
The programme began with an oath-taking ceremony at Ahotguri, the birthplace of Xahityorothi Lakshminath Bezbaroa, where people vowed to put their signature in Assamese in all official documents, including bank and land documents.
Sabha’s vice-president Paramananda Rajbongshi said a similar programme would be held in every district of the state.
“Through the jatra we are trying to make people aware of the importance of using Assamese. The state government has not introduced the Assam Official Language Act, 1960. We have appealed to people to put their signature in Assamese and use the language in official and other purposes,” said Rajbongshi.
Oxom Rajyobhaxa Aru Matribhaxa Proyug Xomiti, a committee of the Sabha, which has been working on implementation of the act, is in charge of organising the movement. Two former presidents of the Sabha — Lakhinandan Bora and Kanaksen Deka —were among others who explained to people about the necessity of implementing the act.
“If we all start using Assamese no other effort is required to make the state government implement the act. Another hard reality is that even the state government employees are not willing to use Assamese,” said Deka.
Rajbongshi said despite Dispur’s lackadaisical attitude in implementing the act, they have been persistently working in this regard. “We met chief minister Tarun Gogoi and submitted a memorandum. He promised us that he would constitute a committee to implement the act which has not happened yet,” he said.
The Sabha criticised the state government for not implementing the act more than five decades after its formulation. The literary body demanded the state government to test knowledge of Assamese among the candidates for all government jobs. “There should be a separate paper for it,” he said.