Mising students observe ‘Demand Day’

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HT Correspondent

DHEMAJI, May 5: Mising students Takam Mising Poring Kebang (TMPK) with the help of Mising Mimag Kebang (MMK) and Takam Mising Mime Kebang (TMMK) and others on Saturday observed its ‘Demand Day’ urging the government to solve their burning problems.

The protesting organization staged dharna and submitted memoranda to chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal urging him solve their pending problems. They staged dharna and sit-in-demo in front of the district and sub-divisional administration offices in ten Mising inhabited districts including Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Tinsukai, Majuli, Dibrugarh, Sivsagar, Jorhat, Sonitpur, Golaghat and Kaprup (Guwahati).

Several hundred members of TMPK, MMK and TMMK (women) took out a procession at Dhemaji and Jonai town, shouted slogans in support of their various demands. They later submitted separate memoranda to the Chief Minister through Dhemaji DC and Jonai SDO (Civil).

The TMPK and its allies has been demanding the government to grant Sixth Schedule status to Mising Autonomous Council (MAC), take proper rehabilitation measure for the evicted Mising families at Laika-Dodhiya in Tinsukia district, conduct land survey and settlement to tribal families, early settlement of Assam-Arunachal boundary dispute and rename Bogibeel bridge after the name of martyr Komola Miri. But, allegedly the government is not keen on their burning problems.

They organisations also demanded to declare flood and erosion of Assam as national problem, protection of land in shrinking tribal belts and blocks in Assam, establishment of a Nursing school at Jonai sub-division in Dhemaji district, early functioning of academic activities in Jonai campus of Tezpur University and grant wildlife status to Poba Reserve Forest at Jonai.

It may be recalled that the TMPK earlier places their 14-point charter of demand to then chief minister Hiteswar Saikia on May 5, 1984. The student body also staged protest-demo with rapping black cloths in mouth against then state government alleging its inaction to solve their demands. But, allegedly, the government is not paying keen interest in solving the burning problems.

Report from Tinsukia said that several hundred TMPK, MMK and TMMK members staged sit-in-demo in front of Tinsukia DC’s office on Saturday.

Alleging state government’s indifferent attitude towards hundreds homeless families inaction to meet their demands, the protesters have cautioned of rigorous movement against the state government‘s alleged indifferent attitude towards five hundreds homeless families, who were evicted from Dibru Saikuwa Nationa Park in Tinsukia district, the TMPK has cautioned the authority of rigorous movement in the coming days.

“The state government is playing cats & mouse game with the problems of Mising tribal, which is igniting the peace-loving community people. We are all set to resort rigorous movement against the government inaction, if our pending demands are not heard within a short period”, avowed TMPK central committee president Naresh Kumbang at Jonai.

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