ST(H) status to Bodos: Joint Karbi delegation to meet NCRSTSCI chief in Delhi

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8th foundation day of Karbi Farmers Association observed separately

HT Bureau

DIPHU, Dec 6: A joint delegation of Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council (KAAC) and social organisations will meet the chairman of National Council of Registrar of Scheduled Tribes and Schedule Caste in India (NCRSTSCI), Nandh Kumar Sai in New Delhi to register their protest against Union government’s move to grant Schedule Tribe (Hills) status to Bodos living in Karbi Anglong and Dima Hasao. This was announced chief executive member (CEM), Tuliram Ronghang here Thursday.

Addressing the open session of the 8th foundation day of Samsing Hanse faction of Karbi Farmers Association (KFA) at Diphu Club here, Ronghang said the KAAC has already clarified its stand that it would oppose the move of the Centre for implementation of Clause of Bodo Peace Accord for granting ST(Hills) status to Bodos.

Representatives of Karbi Cultural Society (KCS), Karbi Lammet Amei (KLA) and Hills Tribal League (HTL) will also be parts of the delegation, Ronghang said.

The CEM also announced that land pattas will be given to people residing in border areas along with people who have been residing here since 1951.

“The KAAC has been supporting the farmers by various ways to increase their production. To promote farming, the KAAC authority is providing free horticulture plants and seeds. We want to make Karbi Anglong a horticulture producing centre. In the next cultivating season KAAC will be providing free orange saplings to farmers,” Ronghang said.

The KFA faction led by Rajesh Tisso has celebrated the day at Joysing Doloi Auditorium. In his address, the adviser of 24+, JI Kathar criticised the KAAC for giving more benefits to outsiders rather than developing the ST(Hills) people.

“The KAAC is for safeguarding and developing of ST people of Karbi Anglong, but now the Sixth Schedule powers have been snatched away. The general communities are getting more government contract works and government services, whereas the hill tribe people are being deprived. But it is the mistake of the people as they continue to vote those leaders of with no learning/ knowledge of power in KAAC. As they have no knowledge they don’t know what 6th Schedule is,” Kathar said.

The implementation of MoS means the introduction of panchayati raj system where everyone can contest in the elections. Now the delimitation process is on for increase of MAC seats. After the break-up of MAC seats chance will be given for the general communities to contest in council elections. The number of winning MACs from general communities will increase, as a result ST people will be more neglected,” Kathar said.

He also said the 24+ organisations have won the fight in High Court for framing of new rules and acts of KAAC and preparation of fresh electoral roll. But the KAAC is afraid of doing it. They will never do it as they don’t want to lose elections, he said.

Open session was chaired by KFA president Rajesh Tisso.

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