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Assam CM rejects demand for Bodoland
Guwahati, Jan 31 (IANS)
Published on 1 Feb. 2010 12:12 AM IST
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: Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi Sunday rejected the demand for a separate Bodoland state and instead advocated the need for a greater Assamese society where people of all communities live together. “I would say we should live together instead of trying to further fragment the state. Other genuine grievances and demands of the Bodo people could be resolved through discussions,” the chief minister told journalists. Gogoi said this in the western town of Gossaigaon in Kokrajhar district after attending the open session of the Bodo Sahitya Sabha, the apex literary body of the tribal Bodo community. “Lot of people raise their demands, but they don’t get it. Even we demand lot of things from the central government but never get it,” Gogoi said. Several Bodo social and political groups have raised their demand for a separate Bodoland state after the Telangana statehood demand came to the fore. The chief minister once again reiterated the government’s appeal asking militant groups in the state to come forward for peace talks. “Our doors for peace talks are open. Let the militant groups first shun violence and lay down arms,” Gogoi said. 3% rise for state govt employees in basic pay The Assam Chief Minister, Tarun Gogoi has decided to grant annual increment to the State Government employees at the rate of 3% of basic pay with retrospective effect, reports Sinlung. But there was vehement opposition from the employees to this provision of performance-based increment and their organizations demanded that the annual increment should be fixed at three per cent of the basic pay. They argued that the yardstick of performance would divide the employees and would thus affect the overall performance of the Government. He said, the revised pay will be fixed notionally with effect from 1stJanuary, 2006 and there shall be no increment based on performance. The Chief Minister further decided that the house rent allowance will be given at the rate of 15% of basic pay in Guwahati city, 12% in District and Sub-divisional Headquarters and 10% in all other places in Assam without any distinction between rented house and own house. Mr Gogoi has also enhanced today the fixed pay of the casual and adhoc employees from 3000 to 4500 rupees per month. He directed the Finance Department to take expeditious action in this regard.

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