‘The Constitution has given us full right on mineral resources, nobody can take it away’
DIPHU, May 13: Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council (KAAC) is firm to protect the land and right of the tribal people living in the two hill districts – Karbi Anglong and West Karbi Angling, chief executive member (CEM) Tuliram Ronghang told a delegation of Kaziranga National Park Extension Protest Committee (KNPEPC) here on Monday.
The KNPEPC comprised of residents and Member of Autonomous Council (MAC) from Socheng Dhenta and Duarbagori constituencies, called on the CEM to discuss the issue of ban on mining in the 10km catchment areas around Kaziranga National Park by the Supreme Court to give space to the wild animals for free movement.
On May 4, Karbi Anglong deputy commissioner has banned all mining and construction activities in the entire catchment areas of the rivers/streams, rivulets in Karbi Anglong district. Any new construction including on private lands which forms a part of the identified animal corridors and transportation of illegally mined materials from the hill district is also banned.
The KNPEPC has been opposing the Supreme Court order and staged its first round of protest at Bagori on May 10.
“The Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council constituted under the Sixth Schedule of the Constitution of India is given inherent subjects viz. land, forest resources and primary education. The council has sole authority over it. Without the consultation and permission from KAAC, no one can take away the land and mineral resources or declare it as an eco sensitive zone,” Ronghang said.
“The council has filed a Special Leave Petition (SPL) before the Supreme Court in this connection. The KAAC will continue its fight to safeguard the rights, land and mineral resources of the district”, the CEM said.
The delegation informed the CEM that they would file a PIL before the apex court challenging the order.
In the meeting, EMs Mangalsing Timung, Kache Rongpipi, Amarsing Tisso, MAC Dorsing Ronghang, principal secretary Mahadananda Hazarika, secretary Nirola Phangchopi, special principal chief conservator of forest Dr. Abhijit Rabha and DFO Joysing Bey represented KAAC, while the KNPEPC was led by president Benting Terang and secretary Mohen Bey.
Earlier, the CEM accompanied by EMs and MACs visited Langkaijan area along Hojai – Karbi Anglong district border, where an eviction drive was taken out during March end to evict illegal settlers. Once again several temporary makeshift camps have been constructed in the area. “After the electoral process is over, the KAAC authority will take out fresh eviction drive to evict the illegal settlers,” the CEM said.