CNCCI had notified that all business establishments in the State would remain closed within the designated period to show support. The Bandh is to be limited only to commercial business activities Credit: Shoubhik Roy Choudhury

Guwahati: Assam loses up to Rs 6,780 lakh a day due to bandhs and agitations. This was revealed at the ongoing autumn session of the state assembly by Chandra Mohan Patowary, minister for transport, industry and parliamentary affairs, on Monday.

As per the minister, the data has been obtained from the Assam economic and statistics department. On the basis of the value of total State Domestic Product( SDP) of 2017-18, Assam has already lost Rs 831 crore in the current fiscal year.

Assam witnessed 13 state bandhs and 16 local bandhs so far this year.

The government, however, has not been able to give data on district-wise loss, as the state does not calculate District Domestic Product (DDP).

The minister said, “The government will soon enact the Assam Prohibition and Prevention of Bandh Bill, 2017.” In 2010, the Gauhati High Court had directed the Assam government to bring about a legislation against bandh calls.

Patowary stated that Additional Advocate General KN Choudhury has made a submission in Guwahati High Court during the hearing of the PIL under no 54/2012 (Arun Pathak vs state of Assam & others) seeking action against bandh organisers.

“The Gauhati High Court on March 5 this year has expressed its desire to pass the Assam Prohibition and Prevention of Bandh Bill, 2017 as soon as possible,” the minister added.

Moreover, a fresh PIL has been filed by RTI Activist Jitul Deka seeking a penalty on bandh organisers in the month of September this year following which the Gauhati High Court has issued notices to three organisations of three hill districts in Assam.

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