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SFI slams Govt for not fulfilling promises made in 2018-19 budget
City Correspondent
 GUWAHATI, Feb 7 - The Students’ Federation of India (SFI) State committee today slammed the State government for not fulfilling various promises made in the 2018-19 budget.

According to the SFI, in the last budget, the State government had announced granting of annual scholarships to students belonging to the minority community, establishment of a sports university at Chabua in the name of SriSri Aniruddhadev and a horticulture college in Dima Hasao, appointment of 15,000 teachers in lower primary schools, introduction of tele-education system through virtual classroom in the backward areas and establishment of 100 new schools in backward areas in public-private partnership mode to control the school dropout rate. None of these steps was initiated last year, the SFI said.

Moreover, some other assurances – on the completion of the provincialisation process for eligible teachers, reservation of two seats in medical colleges for students of the North East region, starting construction works of engineering colleges at Bihali, Bongaigaon, Sualkuchi, Odalguri, Nalbari and Nagaon, establishment of new polytechnics at Tingkhong, Majuli and Hajo, setting up of two cluster university where one will comprise JB College, Jorhat, Bahana College, DCB Girls’ College and CKB Commerce College, and the other will comprise Arya College, B Barooah College, Handiqui Girls’ College, Gauhati Commerce College and Pragjyotish College, establishment of nine new women’s colleges at Senga, Sonai, Batadraba, Jaleshwar, Golokganj, Bilasipara, Mangaldai, Hailakandi and Karimganj, establishment of new degree colleges at Borchala, Doomdooma, Majuli, Baksa, Chirang and Odalguri, establishment of 10 new law colleges at Dhubri, Rangiya, Nalbari, Nagaon, Diphu, Jorhat, Dibrugarh, Tezpur, Silchar and North Lakhimpur – are also yet to be initiated in the State, the SFI alleged.

Some other uninitiated projects announced in the last budget in the education sector, as mentioned by the SFI, are establishment of a model college at Ratabari and Lumding, upgradation of Rangiya College to the postgraduate level, establishment of Balipara Postgraduate College, establishment of Sarupathar Science College, establishment of full-fledged degree colleges at Lahoal and Margherita, and implementation of the Assam Non-Government Educational Institution (Regulation of Fees) Bill 2018.

ITA hails budget: Meanwhile, the Indian Tea Association (ITA) today appreciated the State government for coming out with a “robust budget,” which is strong on social reforms and macroeconomic parameters, a statement said.

“Apart from providing exemption on green leaf cess, the budget also provides a host of benefits for the welfare of the tea tribes, such as providing two kgs of sugar for free per month to every tea garden family, free essential medicines to 300 garden hospitals, skill development programmes for the youths belonging to the tea tribes, financial assistance for students pursuing higher education, to name a few. The welfare measures are expected to provide social security and economic empowerment to the tea population,” the statement added.

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