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AAMSU accuses state education minister Pegu of discrimination towards minorities

AAMSU accuses state education minister Pegu of discrimination towards minorities

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GUWAHATI: The All Assam Minorities Students Union (Aamsu) President Rejaul Karim has slammed the Bharatiya Janata Party ruled government in Assam as well as state Education Minister Ranoj Pegu and accused them of showing discriminatory behaviours towards the religious minority community of Assam as the latter did not invite Aamsu to a meeting chaired by Pegu with the various organisation of Assam to discuss educational issues.

"We condemn the act of ignoring the minorities from the meeting chaired by our Education Minister Ranoj Pegu. Has the communalism spread by the BJP caught the education department as well? They have invited 36 organisations from various student bodies of tribes and communities to discuss education policies yet no single representative was invited from the minorities," said Rejaul Karim.

Karim added, "We have observed that the government has been ignoring the minorities on socio-economic aspects already but we could have never imagined being ignored on educational aspects."

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Karim has also informed that he had written a mail to Education Minister Pegu on August 29 to discuss various aspects to improve the education system among the religious minorities but he did not receive any positive response from the minister.

Karim further expressed, "We want to urge Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma if they actually believe in 'Sab ka Saath, Sab Ka Vikas' then their education policies should be inclusive of minorities and why they do not let minority student unions take part in meetings? If they want to deprive the religious minorities of education and schools and colleges then as an Education Minister Ranoj Pegu should make it clear or else we will stage protests."

Assam Education Minister on August 30 chaired a meeting with the representatives of the AASU, Coordination Committee of Tribal Organisations, Assam, student bodies of various tribes and communities on educational issues of the State which was said to be fruitful by the Minister himself.

"Their feedback and suggestions will help us to formulate our policies," said Pegu after the meeting.

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