8 Tiwa bodies demand ASCRDA repeal, to stage sit-in-protest on Sept 20

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By: Pranjal Sarma

MORIGAON, Sept 11: Altogether eight Tiwa organisations on Tuesday warned Assam government to repeal the Assam State Capital Region Development Authority Act (ASCRDA) 2017 immediately failing which they would launch a vigorous movement against it.

The organisations have decided to stage a sit-in-demonstration against the controversial Act before the office of the deputy commissioner here on September 20.

The ASCRDA Bill was passed in the state assembly on September 17, 2017 for preparation of a regional plan for the development of the Assam State Capital Region (ASCR) encompassing areas under existing five districts of Kamrup (Metropolitan), Kamrup, Nalbari, Darrang and Morigaon.

The Assam State Capital Region Development Authority, which will be  headed by the chief minister, will prepare a regional plan for the area and coordinate the preparation of functional plans, regional plans, development schemes and project plans by the authority itself as well as by the municipal corporations, local bodies, panchayats and different government departments.

However, representatives of eight Tiwa organisations- All Tiwa Students’ Union (ATSU), Tiwa Yuba Chatra Parishad (TYCP), All Tiwa Protection Committee (ATPC), All Tiwa Woman Society (ATWS), Morigaon District Tribal Sangha (MDTS), Tiwa Sahitya Sabha (TSS) and Tiwa Autonomy Demand Committee (TADC) felt that it the development authority would pose a serious threat to the identity and culture of the Tiwa community with the inflow of outsiders to the Tiwa Autonomous Council (TAC) area following expansion of the capital region.

Addressing a press conference here, the ATSU president Dipen Mosrang on Tuesday said that the ASCRDA abolished the rights of the indigenous people of seven tribal belts and blocks in Kamrup and Morigaon districts.

Mosrang demanded the government to exclude tribal belt and blocks and Tiwa Autonomous Council (TAC) from the purview of ASCRDA, 2017.

Altogether 168 villages under three revenue circles of Tiwa Autonomous council (TAC) will be included in the ASCRDA, which will make the autonomous council “powerless,” the student leader said.

“It will benefit only the outsider business to grab land in tribal belts and blocks,” he also said.

“It is unfortunate that chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal and his Team Assam are engaged in handing over the land of the indigenous people to the outside businessmen. The act was prepared based in the live of Delhi Development Authority (DDA) Act which will make indigenous people landless,” he added.

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