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Wednesday , February 5 , 2014
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Absu sit-in begins today

Kokrajhar, Feb. 4: The All Bodo Students’ Union is set to intensify its agitation on the issues of Bodo-medium education with a 36-hour sit-in starting tomorrow at Dighalipu-khuri in Guwahati.

The students’ union will also file a PIL against education minister Himanta Biswa Sarma over negligence towards Bodo-medium schools and non-implementation of the Right to Education Act in forest and tribal areas of the state.

Addressing reporters here today, Absu general secretary Romio P. Narzary and education secretary Krwmmdao Wary criticised the state government for ignoring the problems of the Bodo-medium schools.

“As a first step, we will stage a 36-hour sit-in at Dighalipukhuri in Guwahati from 8am. We will also stage phase-wise protests in every district headquarters of the state,” Narzary said.

Absu is demanding provincialisation all Bodo-medium venture schools without any condition, immediate implementation of the Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional (Forest Dwellers) Rights Act, 2006, in the state, appointment of adequate teachers in Bodo-medium schools and timely distribution of textbooks to school students.

“The Constitution provides right to education in one’s mother tongue. However, the Assam government has ignored the importance of the mother tongue,” the union leader said.

“The tribal people living in the forest region are deprived of the right to equality and suffering from non-implementation of the protective legislations. People in districts like Sonitpur, Udalguri, Chirang, Baksa, Dhemaji and Kokrajhar are deprived of land and educational rights and other entitlements from the government despite belonging to the backward classes,” the union said.

It urged the state government to take necessary action and provide rights to Bodos and other communities.

“If the demands are not fulfilled, the students’ union will launch a rigorous democratic movement,” it said.

The students’ union demanded the state government to address the grievances faced by the Bodo-medium institutions and students. “If the fundamental right to education is denied again and again, Absu will have to launch an agitation.”