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Tea union in Assam against bust

Dibrugarh, Jan. 23: The Assam Chah Karmachari Sangha (ACKS), the only recognised trade union representing tea garden employees of the Brahmaputra Valley of Upper Assam, has appealed through a memorandum to chief minister Tarun Gogoi to stop construction of a bust of a leader just adjacent to the bust of Padma Bhusan awardee Bijoy Chandra Bhagawati.

The bust of Bhagawati — a freedom fighter, former president of Intuc and former PCC president — was installed at a space provided by the Dibrugarh administration opposite the deputy commissioner’s office at the initiative of the union.

“We have noticed that near the bust, construction of another massive bust is under way. This will lead towards devaluation of the already installed bust or in other sense undermine the dignity, which is a sentimental issue for all of us here,” general secretary of the union, Girish Chandra Barpatragohain, said.

Barpatragohain, on behalf of the union, has urged the district administration to stop construction of the bust at the earliest and initiate appropriate action.

According to sources, during the birth centenary celebration of Bhagawati in November 2009, a financial aid of around Rs 5 lakh was given by Gogoi for construction of the bust. “When we came to know about the new bust just adjacent to the bust of Bhagawati, we contacted the district administration. The district administration’s office replied that no permission had been granted to any party or organisation . The district administration assured a thorough probe,” Barpatragohain said.