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Akhil Gogoi- An uncompromising leader


TSI TEAM | Guwahati, July 18, 2012 13:05
Tags : AKHIL GOGOI | team anna | guwahati girl molestation case | akhil gogoi profile |

Team Anna member and Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) General Secretary Akhil Gogoi has created quite a flutter by saying that the Guwahati molestation case instigated by the reporter of the NewsLive may have been part of a greater conspiracy to tarnish the image of the Assam CM Akhil Gogoi and destabilize the government.
The channel’s chief managing director, Riniki Bhuyan Sarma, is the wife of state education and health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma.
Sarma, the most influential minister of the Gogoi ministry, had turned against the chief minister after his campaign to position Gogoi as a vice presidential candidate failed. The Gogoi camp had alleged that Sarma was actually eyeing the chief minister’s post, which would have become his had Gogoi vacated it.
The allegation has definitely given a new twist to the molestation case.
Akhil Gogoi has been an uncompromising leader. Fade-up with corruption during his college days, he decided to raise voice for the common people who are underprivileged and deprived of their rights.
A brilliant student, Akhil took admission in the prestigious Cotton College in Guwahati. He was elected as the magazine secretary and then the general secretary of the students’ union of the college. After completing his graduation, he got admitted to Gauhati University and become a member of the Gauhati University Study Circle. It was led by the then Dean Dr Hiren Gohain. This body opposed fees hike, bus fare hike, etc. Akhil was also the associate editor of a magazine Natun Padatik.
To work for the people, he left master degree midway and went to Golaghat. He organized the people of the Assam-Nagaland border area called Dayang-Tengani and demanded land rights for the locals. Dayang-Tengani is a densely populated area and the people were settled there by the governments since pre-Independence India. But they were not given land rights.
After enforcement of the Right to Information Act (RTI), Akhil exposed Rs 1.25 crore and Rs 65 lakh scams of the Swarnajayanti Gram Rojgar Yojna and the Indira Awas Yojna respectively. He received the second National Manjunath Shanmugam Integrity Award in 2007 given by the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.
His organization KMSS conducted a survey in 2007-08 covering 5,000 families in upper Assam districts of Jorhat, Golaghat and Sibasagar and exposed a huge number of scams in the Public Distribution System (PDS) in Assam.
Akhil was conferred the Best RTI National Award by the NDTV in 2009. In 2010, he received the Youth Indian Leader Award of news channel CNN-IBN.
Akhil has also led anti-big dam movement, movement for land rights to locals and anti-corruption movements in Assam.

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