this correspondence News | Assam Opposition writes to Prakash Javadekar for retaining AIR and DD, Dibrugarh’s status

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GUWAHATI: Assam’s leader of the Oppositions Debabrata Saikia on Monday asked the union information and broadcasting minister Prakash Javadekar to take instant steps to prevent closure or even enervation of the All India Radio (AIR) station and Doordarshan Kendra at Dibrugarh.

In a letter to the I&B minister, Saikia also informed Javadekar that people of Upper Assam, in specific, were justifiably outraged at the action of the I&B Ministry and protests were taking place in more than a few areas.

“The AIR Station, Dibrugarh, has been providing information and entertainment to both urban and rural folk of Assam for over half a century. It has been the medium where a lot of famous singers, dramatists, actors, etc of Assam honed their craft and showcased their talent. This can be a cherished institution for successive generations of Assam. This can be a source of attraction for farmers, housewives, youths, senior citizens, daily-wage earners et al, especially the smaller ethnic communities of the Northeast region. In a similar way, the Doordarshan Kendra at Dibrugarh has also been serving the area people for nearly 30 years,” Saikia’s letter said.

In the letter, he also criticized the NDA government for not keeping its promises of safeguarding the existing institutions which are dear to the public.

He said, “The BJP has been persistently promising to give protection to the interests of the people of Assam. On the other hand, the stark reality is that the BJP-led Central and state government have systematically eroded the very foundations of our socio-cultural and socio-economic lives. This fact is manifest in the policy of weakening surroundings protection laws, the policy of unjustified privatization of ecocnomic public assets, the policy of communal polarization and the cynical policy of flouting the Assam Accord by way of the contentious CAA.”

“I appeal to your sense of reasonable play and natural justice and request you to take instant steps to prevent closure or even enervation of the AIR Station and Doordarshan Kendra at Dibrugarh,” the letter added.

Earlier, Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal also wrote a letter to union information and broadcasting minister Prakash Javadekar and urged him to keep the present status of both AIR and DD Dibrugarh centres as these centres have been instrumental in reflecting the cultural mosaic and indigenous traditions of communities in Upper Assam and even eastern districts of Arunachal Pradesh.

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The Bodoland/ Assam / India / International

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