SILCHAR, Dec 9: The Cachar district unit of the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) today staged a demonstration for two hours in front of the Cachar deputy commissioner’s office with playcards and banners, rapping the administration for its indifference in containing rising prices of commodities, deterioration law and order as well as bad shape of road communication. In a memorandum addressed to the Assam Chief Minister through the deputy commissioner, the AGP stated that the reason behind soaring prices of essential commodities was the nexus between bureaucracy and dishonest traders.
The memorandum signed by the district president Nabagopal Das and secretary Nurul Alam Mazumdar hit out at the administration for the ever rising prices of vegetables, pulses, rice, sugar and even common items like potato and onion. Taking advantage of the lack of monitoring by the administration, blackmarketeers and hoarders have combined together to rule the roost.
The Central Government, the memorandum pointed out, had long before alerted the State to take drastic steps against blackmarketers and profiteers in order to put the prices under check. Even the most essential kerosene oil used by economically hard-hit people has become costly and is being sold at Rs 30 per litre against its controlled rate of Rs 9.
Besides, it said road communication are in a most deplorable condition despite huge funds being allotted by the Centre for their improvement. The agitating AGP members alleged that the funds were either misused or misappropriated. Law and order also came under attack as incidents of snatching, robbery, car lifting and murder have become common. There is no safety and security in public life. AGP leaders warned if proper and effective steps were not taken to redress the grievances of people as listed, they would be left with no other alternative than to go for agitation. THE SENTINEL