ST(Hills) status to Bodos: Karbi delegation to meet NCRSTSCI chief

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DIPHU, Dec 4: A joint delegation comprising of Karbi Lammet Amei (KLA), Karbi Cultural Society (KCS) and Hills Tribal League (HTL) will meet National Council of Registrar of Scheduled Tribes and Schedule Caste in India (NCRSTSCI) chairman Nandh Kumar Sai on December 7 in New Delhi to register their protest against the decision of the Union government to grant Schedule Tribes (Hills) status to Bodos living in Karbi Anglong and Dima Hasao under Clause 8 of the Bodo peace Accord.

The delegation of three influential organisations will also meet Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal on December 10. The three organisations will also hold a massive rally in Diphu if the government does not listen to their petition.

“Despite the 30 to 40 years of movement for Autonomous State by the people of Karbi Anglong, the government is yet to fulfil the demand. But the sad part is that the government is going for implementation of Clause 8 of Bodo Peace Accord for granting ST (H) status to Bodos of Karbi Anglong and Dima Hasao. There is no such provision in the Constitution of India,” KCS president Chandrasing Kro said addressing a joint press conference at KLA office here on Tuesday.”

“The Karbis have been demanding an Autonomous State comprising Karbi Anglong and Dima Hasao under Article 244 (A) of the Constitution of India. This demand is constitutional. But the Central government is giving more privilege to the Bodos. The government is more concern with the 30,000 Bodo populations in Karbi Anglong than the cause of the Karbis demanding for autonomy,” Kro said.

“During the visit of former NCRSTSCI chairman Ramesh Oram to study on implementation of clause 8 of Bodo Peace Accord on November 17, 2015, various social organisations, including KCS, KLA and HTL have urged him not to go ahead with implementation of the clause for granting ST (H) status to Bodos of Karbi Anglong and Dima Hasao,” Kro also said.

“The Centre’s decision is unconstitutional. According to 1950 ST order there was two lists. The first list included names of 15 tribes. The Bodo is in the second list. Bodos by their way of living, agricultural activities and physical structure fully determined that they are a plains tribe,” KLA president Suren Kramsa said.

He said that Bodos are educationally and economically much more advanced than the Karbis.

“We urged upon the Centre to scrap the clause 8 to respect the sentiments of the hill people. We also appealed to our Bodo brothers not to stick on with the Clause 8 so that it does not create misunderstanding between us and for the sake of tribal unity,” HTL chairman, Soising Rongpi said.

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