Refrain from destroying age-old unity and harmony among various communities: Tribal Sangha tells BJSM

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GUWAHATI, Aug 5: All Assam Tribal Sangha (AATS) on Sunday targeted Bodoland Janajati Suraksha Manch (BJSM) president Janaklal Basumatary and general secretary DD Mushahary for destroying age-old unity and harmony among various communities living in the state and asked them to refrain from being involved in anti-tribal activities.

“We warn the BJSM president Janaklal Basumatary and general secretary DD Mushahary not to get involved in anti-Tribal Sangha activities. Both the leaders of the newly-floated organisation are also involved in destroying age-old harmony and unity among different communities the state,” AATS general secretary Aditya Khaklari said addressing a press conference here on Sunday.

“The BJSM leaders are trying to create divisions among the communities not only in the BTAD but also in the entire state,” Khaklari said.

Notably, the BJSM has already filed a case in the Gauhati High Court alleging that the AATS has been issuing Scheduled Tribe (ST) certificates to non-tribal people of the state illegally. On the basis of the petition filed by the BJSM on July 25, the Gauhati High Court has directed AATS not to issue ST certificate for the time being until the next nearing on August 9.

However, Khakhlary clarified, “As per the Scheduled Tribe Order 1950, the Tribal Sangha has found out small tribes like Sarania Kachari, Madahi, Thengal Kachari of the Bodo roots according to government guidelines and the deputy commissioners and sub-divisional officers have been providing them certificates.”

He also rejected the BJSM allegation that people belonging to upper castes like Brahmin, Kalita, Keot, who originally wrote titles like Deka, Barua, Hazarika, Talukdar, etc. but later used the title Sarania, have been issued ST certificates as a sub-tribe of the Kachari tribe.

“With due honour towards the High Court directive, the AATS has stopped issuing of ST certificate since July 25, 2018,” he said and added that this has affected the ST students, mainly the Navodaya Vidyalaya students, who have been deprived of admissions into schools.

Khaklari made it clear that there is no directive what title a person would need to be an ST.

As regards to names of tribal people missing from final draft NRC, the tribal leader informed that the district presidents of the Sangha have been asked to enquire on what grounds names of tribal people have been left out in draft NRC.

He informed that Hajong people have been left out in final draft NRC in Nagaon, Goalpra and Hojai districts and said they were not aware about how many people have failed to be enlisted in the draft NRC.

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