Orgs seek KAAC’s clarification on Dr. Sarma’s statement

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Medical college a result of 16 years struggle, not the sole effort of party or minister: Org leaders

Staff Reporter

DIPHU, Nov 04: Karbi Students’ Association (KSA) general secretary Thangsing Timung said that organizations of the hill districts would be forced to take up different and more rigorous democratic protest if the Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council (KAAC) does not respond positively within 2-3 days’ time. This stated in while speaking to local reporters here on Wednesday.

One of the protesting leader JACAS chairman Khorsing Teron also expressed shock and disappointment against the KAAC authority over their silence on State Health Minister Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma’s statement, which he termed insult to the public representative and the entire tribes of the hill districts demanding immediate clarification and talks with protesting organizations. Teron said the Health Minister’s statement was indirectly racist in tone considering the demand were for the grade-III & IV and not technical. While directing his condemnation on state health minister’s statement on 70 percent job or medical college, JACAS chairman said, “Do we need degree or diploma for sweeper and other grade-IV job?.” Meanwhile, Teron urged upon the KAAC authority for immediate clarification of their stand on state health Minister Dr. Sarma’s statement and immediate talk with all stakeholders on the entire issue.

Ex-UPDS Welfare Society leaders echoed similar demand, “We want both- medical college and 100 percent reservation for our local people.” They also reminded that the medical college was approved after 16 long years of struggle involving all people, including youths and villagers and is not the sole work of MP, CEM, EMs, MACs or MLAs. The Ex-UPDS Welfare Society leaders also urged upon all elected representatives of KAAC for immediate talks with all stakeholders and protesting organizations on the issue.

Earlier in the morning, HTL chairman Saising Rongpi also stated that they would be forced to carry out another stronger agitation if the KAAC fails to respond to their demands for talks on all issues and points raised by them.