Non Tribal Regional Council demand gets louder, Momin restricted to visit non-tribal villages

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HT Correspondent

Bokajan, Nov 10: Various non-tribal organisations Saturday took to the streets on the demand of constitution of Non Tribal Regional Council for non-tribal communities in Karbi Anglong out of the Sixth Schedule administration of Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council (KAAC).

The group staged dharna at Amrajan for two hours. The protesters also demanded dissolution of the committee constituted by Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council (KAAC) for preparation of separate voters list for council election where the names of non-tribal voters will be removed. The protesters further demanded immediately issue of land pattas to the non tribal peoples living in the hill district.

Later, the organisations submitted a memorandum to the Assam Governor through the Bokajan sub divisional officer seeking his intervention into the problems of the non-tribal communities living in Karbi Anglong.

All Adivasi Students Association of Assam (AASAA) adviser Anil Toppo condemned Bokajan MLA Dr Numal Momin for not raising the grievances of non-tribal communities of Karbi Anglong on the floor of the special session of the Assam Legislative Assembly on September 25, last.

Toppo also warned Dr Momin to refrain from visiting non-tribal areas if the demands are not fulfilled immediately.

Recalling the formation of Karbi Anglong, Bokajan District Demand Committee (BDDC) president Niranjan Karmakar said that KSA, JACAS and the 24+ organisations must realise that the Karbi Anglong district was formed by carving out of Nagoan and erstwhile Sivasagar districts. “Prior to 1951, there was no hills tribal villages and the area was part of the erstwhile Sivasagar district,” Karmakar said.

“The present day tribal villages in Bokajan are newly established model villages to counter the non tribal settlements and maintain the demographic balance. The area was earlier administered under local boards from Golaghat sadar and was excluded outside the purview of the partially excluded area since the colonial regime. We have a legitimate demand the KAAC is happily taking the land but not accepting the peoples living in these parts,” Karmakar added.


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