ST status to Bodos: 16 Karbi bodies to storm KAAC on Dec 8

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DIPHU, Nov 27: Altogether 16 social organisations will start ‘March to Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council (KAAC)’ programme from December 8 to pressurise the council to oppose implementation of Clause-8 from granting ST(H) status to Bodos living in Karbi Anglong and Dima Hasao.

The organisations – KSA-Simeon Rongphar. Karbi Nimso Chingthur Asong (KNCA), Karbi Anglong Women Justice Forum (KAWJF), Students Youth Council (SYC), Students Youth for Justice (SYJ),  Hills Progressive Youth Association (HPYA), Karbi Youth Development Organisation (KYDO), Karbi Youth Organisation (KYO), United Lumbajong Development Committee (ULDC), All Karbi Anglong Students and Karbi Union (AKSKU), United Karbi Youth Association (UKYA), Nagarik Suraksha Minchs (NSM), All India Karbi Students Union (AIKSU), Karbi Anglong Development Association (KADA), Karbi Anglong  United People Association (KAUPA) and All India Students Association (AISA), Hills Committee also demanded the government for creation of an Autonomous State comprising Karbi Anglong and Dima Hasao under Article 244(a) of the Constitution of India.

“At least 16 organisations comprising of students, youth, women and right activists will start its agitation from December 8 to demand the Centre to scrape Clause 8 of Bodo Peace Accord for granting ST(H) status to Bodos living in  Karbi Anglong and Dima Hasao. We will also demand implementation of Article 244(A) of the Constitution of India for granting Autonomous State to three hill districts.” Karbi Students Association (KSA) president Simeon Rongphar said while addressing a press conference at District Press Club of Karbi Anglong here on Tuesday.

The Bodo Peace Accord was signed on February 10, 2003 between extremist group of Bodo Liberation Tigers (BLT) and Centre and state governments to safeguard the Bodo people.

“The agitation ‘March to Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council’ will pressurise KAAC to oppose the government’s move of passing the Clause 8 of Bodo Accord. As KAAC is the sole authority and they should oppose to it,” Rongphar informed.

“The Schedule Tribe (Order 1950) categorically mentioned Bodos as Scheduled Tribe (Plains) and they have been enjoying it. Now the Centre’s move of granting ST (H) status to the Bodos living in Karbi Anglong and Dima Hasao is unjustified as one tribe cannot enjoy double benefit. The granting of ST(H) to them will be going against the Scheduled Tribe (Order 1950) and doing injustice to the hill tribe people of the hill districts,” Rongphar said.

Karbi Anglong Women Justice Forum (KAWJF) president Beaulet Beypi urged women to come out and support the agitation. “I urge women to come out from their homes for the agitation as we need to support for our own cause,” Beypi added.

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