GUWAHATI, May 1 – The Guwahati Senior Citizens’ Association has strongly condemned the trend of collecting goonda tax masquerading as syndicate which is creating havoc in the society for the last several years, a press release said.
The GSCA, in its meeting held yesterday at the Government Pensioners’ Bhavan here under the presidentship of DN Chakravartty, called upon the general public of thwart the mischievous design of anti-
social elements to extort money at different levels of normal commercial transaction and asked the Government to take appropriate steps to counter the growth of heinous tendency of earning easy money.
The meeting also extended support to the noble initiative of social activist Anna Hazare in rooting out corruption in the country.
Initiating the discussion, Khanindra Chandra Das and Rajat Chandra Bora dwelt at length on the degrading affect on the socio-cultural life of the State from the shameful uttances and criminal activities of some rowdy elements owing allegiance to some clubs and unlawful organisations.
Prafulla Kumar Mahanta, Aboni Kumar Sarma, Surendra Kumar Barua, Bijuli Sarma, Hem Sarma, Anima Gohain and Uttam Barua, while participating in the discussion narrated the hardships caused to the general public following the imposition of
illegal taxes by rowdy elements in connivance with the administration.
Earlier, the meeting condoled the deaths of Probodh Chandra Goswami, Mihir Bardoloi, Gileswar Konwar, Alaka Bhattacharyya, Satya Sai Baba, Kamal Sarma, Purna Kanta Mahanta, Bhuban Konwar, Ananda Mohan Bhagawati and Mitali Choudhury. Tabiul Hussain, member in charge of administration and co-ordination in his report highlighted the various welfare activities implemented by the association during the recent months.
The member in-charge, Finance, Aboni Kumar Sarma, member in-charge, Education, Dr Minoti Hazarika, member in-charge, Social Service, Khanindra Chandra Das and member, Public Relations, PK Mahanta, presented their monthly reports.
Ramani Kanta Deka, working president, in his speech stressed the need for senior citizens holding the light of wisdom and morality to guide the society to tread the correct path in life.
Chakravartty in his speech expressed the hope that voice of the elders would stir the society to fight the forces of violence, dishonesty and corruption.