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15,000 youths to get govt jobs: Gogoi
Published on 7 Oct. 2010 1:20 AM IST
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Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi Wednesday said an estimated 15,000 educated unemployed would get government jobs in the next two months, taking the number of recruitments to 100,000 in the past nearly 10 years of the Congress rule in the state. ‘This would be a record of sorts when we would cross the 100,000 mark by the end of our two terms in government,’ the chief minister told journalists here.
Gogoi said an estimated 97,000 recruitments were made in various categories of government posts since 2001 when the Congress came to power defeating the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP).
‘We are now planning to recruit 15,000 more youths in the next two months, by which time I feel the election model code of conduct would come into force for next year’s assembly polls,’ he said. ‘I would say no government in the past was able to recruit such a huge number of people.’
Gogoi took a dig at the AGP and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), saying both the parties were opportunists and interested only in power. ‘The AGP during their past two tenures (1985 to 1989 and 1996 to 2001) failed miserably on all fronts,’ the chief minister said.
‘Now the BJP is trying to propel Varun Gandhi to garner votes for them in Assam. But the fact of the matter remains, people of Assam are very conscious politically and just promises would never attract them,’ Gogoi said.
The chief minister was also hopeful of a breakthrough in beginning peace talks with the outlawed United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) and the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB).
‘We expect to hear some good news in the very near future with all indications very positive,’ Gogoi said.
Majority of ULFA leaders for talks
Majority of ULFA leaders, in prison or at large in other countries, are in favour of talks with the government, Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi today said.
Talking to reporters here, Gogoi said he has information that leaders at large in Bangladesh and Myanmar were in favour of talks. “We are hopeful that negotiations will start very soon.” Nearly 80 per cent of the ULFA leadership has expressed hope for negotiation, he said and dismissed claims by opposition AGP that talks will not be fruitful without the participation of ULFA ‘commander-in-chief’ Paresh Baruah.
Referring to the anti-talk National Democratic Front of Boroland led by Ranjan Daimary, Gogoi said he had received ‘feelers’ from it for negotiation. “We hope that NDFB anti-talk faction will also come forward for talks,” he said.

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