SILCHAR, Dec 21: After the Centre gave its nod for a separate State of Telangana, demands for the formation of Barak Economic Development Council (BEDC) has been intensified. The council’s demand committee reiterated its demand saying that the only way left for the Centre to show its concern towards this valley was to give its assent for a separate economic council just like the Vidarbha Development Council, Gorkha Development Council and the Bodo Territorial Council.
Demand Committee president of the Karimganj unit Jyotirmoy Das, however, clarified that the committee was not asking for a separate State.
Meanwhile, the Barak Upatyaka Banga Sahitya O Sanskriti Sammelon (BUBSSS) expressed its concern over the inclusion of some parts of the Valley in the proposed Dimaraji, as asked by the Dimasa Community. The recent bandh called by Dimasa organizations surprisingly evoked considerable support in some parts of Cachar district and, for 36 hours, Barak Valley was virtually cut off from the rest of the country as Dimasa youths blocked the entry points to the valley.
Bhattacharjee said, “BUBSSS has nothing to do with the forming of Dimaraji. Its main concern is the inclusion of some parts of Cachar into the proposed State.” Eminent scholar Dr Kamaluddin Ahmed also maintained that the demand for inclusion of some parts of Cachar into the proposed Dimaraji had no basis. THE SENTINEL