Controversy Erupts Over Assam Government’s PRC Decision for College Appointments

Guwahati, July 10: The Assam government’s recent decision allowing appointments of assistant professors, librarians, Grade-III, and Grade-IV posts in PDUAM/GMC/provincialised colleges without a Permanent Residential Certificate (PRC) has sparked widespread condemnation from Assamese leaders and organizations.

Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma has ordered a thorough investigation into the matter, questioning the authority under which the Director of Higher Education issued the circular. Taking to social media platform X, CM Sarma stated, “Enquire further on what authority the Director of Higher Education issued this circular. Such a circular could only have been issued by the government, not by a directorate.”

Leaders of prominent organizations like the All Assam Students Union (AASU) and Assam Jatiya Parishad (AJP) expressed vehement opposition to the decision. AASU representatives Utpal Sarma and Sankarjyoti Baruah criticized the move, asserting that it undermines the rights of native Assamese people and runs counter to the spirit of the Assam Accord, which guarantees protection to the indigenous population.

In a press release, AASU emphasized the need for the government to prioritize the interests of Assamese natives over outsiders, calling for the immediate repeal of the controversial order.

President of AJP, Lurinjyoti Gogoi, also voiced his strong disapproval on X, describing the decision as unacceptable and emphasizing the need for policies that safeguard the rights of Assamese residents.

The controversy has underscored deep-seated concerns among Assamese leaders regarding the protection of local interests and the implementation of policies that align with the state’s demographic and cultural fabric.

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