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Convention to honour traders

Prantosh Roy speaks in Guwahati on Thursday. Picture by UB Photos

Guwahati, Jan. 16: The All Guwahati Traders Association will honour fraternity members who have contributed to society at its biennial convention here next month.

The association has as many as 131 market committees affiliated to it with 45,000 traders as members.

“Five members/traders hailing from different market areas will be honoured at the convention for their contributions to society through trade. All of them must be 75 years and above. Of them, one will be felicitated as ‘Beboxayi Ratna’ while the other four will be honoured as ‘Beboxayi Shree’,” Prantosh Roy, the general secretary of the association, said today.

“A five-member jury comprising educationists and advocates will select the traders for felicitation. In this regard, applications are invited from the fraternity by January 25.”

The association, Roy said, would hold a general meeting during the convention at Bishnu Nirmala Trust Bhawan in Latasil on February 9.

“We will discuss problems like lack of sanitation, drinking water and streetlights in the market areas at the meeting. We have submitted several memoranda in this regard to Dispur since 2011 but to no avail. The meeting will, therefore, take a decision on taking recourse to agitation as the last resort,” he said.

The association, formed in 1987, will release a souvenir, Beboxayi Bondhu, on the occasion.

“We are coming up with the souvenir to mark the 27 years of our inception. The association has requested interested members to send their poems and stories to the souvenir sub-committee latest by January 25. The articles may be written in English, Assamese, Hindi or Bengali,” Roy said.