Protest rally in Diphu for new land rules, separate voters’ list

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KAAC fails to exercise its power for framing rules, says JI kathar

HT Bureau

DIPHU, Oct 5: Several hundreds representatives of 24 social organisations took out a big rally in front of Semson Sing Ingti Memorial Park here on Friday demanding new rules and acts for Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council (KAAC) under Sub-paragraph 7 of Paragraph 2 of the Sixth Schedule to the Constitution of India and deletion of “illegal non-tribal voters” from council voters list as per Paragraph 20 of the Sixth Schedule to the Constitution of India.

“We need to carry out movement for making of new rules and act of KAAC and deletion of illegal non-tribal voters in the district. It was in 1969, the leaders had surrendered Sixth Schedule powers to the governor. Before that the powers was totally in the hand of the tribal people of Karbi Anglong. Under para – 2 and sub-para 7 of the Sixth Schedule to the Constitution the tribal people were sole authority in making rules and law in the council and the Governor can only give assent to it. But now the council has no powers and is under the dictate of the Governor,” the adviser of the 24+, JI Kathar said while addressing the rally.

Kathar said Gauhati High Court has directed KAAC to frame new laws, but they are not doing it. “We know the elected members in KAAC are not doing it. They have included two non-ST persons Jayanta Chutia and BK Mishra in the drafting committee of KAAC rules. Para -2 Sub-para 6 and 7 of Sixth Schedule have clearly defined that council can themselves frame rules and acts. But instead of doing this they have asked the state government to do it. When I asked to one secretary of KAAC about the drafting committee he informed that the file has been sent to Guwahati. How can Guwahati frame rules for KAAC, it is KAAC that has to do it,” Kathar said.

Kathar further said instead of discussing only with the stake holders, i.e., with the hill tribal people, KAAC has issued a letter inviting all claims and objections from all communities on August 29.

“The meeting on the issues of the hill districts, which was supposed to be discussed in the council was held in Dispur. I submitted my three-page-letter to the governor in that meeting for granting Autonomous State as well as execution of 6th Schedule powers in letter and spirit in the hill districts,” Kathar also said.

Kathar blamed Banga Sena for changing the demographic pattern of Karbi Anglong with infiltration. “The BJP and Banga Sena have stopped trains at Hojai and Lumding not to allow people to participate in today’s demonstration, otherwise more people would have turned up. The Banga Sena are here and our people will know only when we are eliminated in our own place. In Tripura the indigenous people have already experienced it, here also it will not be very late,” he said.

The 24+ also demanded repeal of Assam Land & Revenue Regulation Act, 1886 and restoration of customary land law, tribal customary law under para 4 of the Sixth Schedule and to constitute tribal village council under para 3 sub para1 clause (e), (f), (g) (h), (i) and (j) of the Sixth Schedule.

A procession was also taken out from Semson Sing Ingti Memorial Park via KAAC gate, which entered Diphu market and culminated at the park. In order to check any untoward incident, the law and order authority has deployed police and para-military personnel in Diphu town. The market closed down for five hours.

Karbi Anglong Rong Asar Amei (KARAA) president Dhonsing Ronghang, convenor of 24+ Ratan Terang, Semson Teron, Hemphu Engti, Rajesh Tisoo, Klirdap Terang, Angtong Engti Kathar and Jona Terang led the demonstration.


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