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J B Patnaik rules out any division of Assam

Diphu, Sep 13 (Correspondent)
Published on 13 Sep. 2013 11:20 PM IST
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Assam Governor J B Patnaik on Friday ruled out any division of the state and said the autonomous councils were capable of taking care of development in the districts.

“Assam will not be divided. There is no necessity for separate states as all the ethnic groups can be represented in the Autonomous Councils which can take care of the development activities”, Patnaik told reporters when asked about various ethnic groups’ demand for separate states carved out of Assam.

Laying emphasis on the Panchayati Raj system for bringing about development at the grassroot level, he said separate states were not needed if more funds and power were given to the districts for their and ethnic groups development.

Earlier, the Governor inaugurating the academic building of the Assam University Diphu campus here said he would make all efforts for converting the campus at Diphu into full fledged university.

The Diphu campus, the second one of the central university, was started in July 2007 with 64 students and today has 370 students enrolled in its nine academic departments, the University sources said.

Patnaik, who is also the chief rector of Assam University said that necessary authorization has already been taken with regard to this.

Patnaik’s announcement came just after the speech of Joy Ram Engleng CEM KAAC, who brought up the issue and assured the university authority that 300 bighas of land will be allotted for its extension.

Later, while interacting with the media on the issue of statehood which has engulfed the political atmosphere of Assam, the Governor ruled out the possibility of any further division of Assam.

Earlier, in an open session with the students of Assam university Diphu campus, the governor expressed utter surprise on learning about the gender ratio of the students. 

“I am delighted to know that 68% of students of this university is women, this is an unique example of women advancement in the whole nation, now it is time for the boys to compete with the girls; Karbi as a community have made great contribution towards Assamese literature”, said Patnaik.

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