KAAC not working in indigenous people’s interest: USKA

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DIPHU, Aug 21:Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council (KAAC) is not interested to work for protection of rights of indigenous people of Karbi Anglong, United Karbi Students Association (UKSA) Ratan Terang said here on Wednesday.

Terang was addressing students and youth community in the 3rd foundation day celebration of Students & Youth Association (KSYA) at Farmer’s Growth Centre here.

Terang is also the convenor of 24+ social organisations demanding new rules of KAAC for separate electoral roll for KAAC elections in Karbi Anglong and West Karbi Anglong.

“Since the inception of erstwhile Mikir Hills, now Karbi Anglong and West Karbi Anglong in 1951 and due to wrong selection of people’s representatives i.e. MACs the problems with the indigenous people of the district still persist. The successive parties in power at KAAC rather give much preference and favouritism to people from outsiders. Outsiders can come here at any time and settle. They can purchase land here and take up government jobs. But it is against the 6th schedule provision,” Terang said.

Terang also said that outside people who have settled here cannot enjoy voting rights and contest the elections, and that they are doing it because the hill tribe leaders are weak.

“The Gauhati High Court has given a verdict to prepare new rules within 6 months for a separate voters’ list so that only the indigenous people of the district can exercise voting rights and contest in KAAC elections, but this is not done by the council. Instead it is giving more opportunity and protection for outsiders. If the KAAC authority is not interested to work for the development of hill tribes, our agitation will go in vain,” Terang said.

The UKSA president also said that the KAAC has failed to retain its power.

Lawyer Sarthe Ronghi, KSYA president Sandar Teron, District Press Club of Karbi Anglong president Danielson Bey, Karbi Farmers Association (KFA) president Avinush Ronghang and KSYA adviser Bharat Ronghang attended the programme.

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