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Nunisa resents accord delay

Silchar, Sept. 20: The Dilip Nunisa faction of Dima Halam Daogah (DHD) has expressed unhappiness over the “inordinate delay” in signing the draft agreement that would formally end insurgency in Assam’s Dima Hasao district and usher in the future governance.

The draft agreement, prepared in a tripartite meeting between representatives of DHD (Nunisa) and the Union and state governments in New Delhi on June 13, envisages setting up a territorial council to take care of the socio-economic development of the district’s ethnic groups and plains inhabitants.

Nunisa, the group’s chairman, told The Telegraph over phone from Haflong today that he had been under the impression that the agreement would be signed by the end of July, but no initiative has been taken by the Centre even three months after the draft was prepared.

He said he had talked to a senior official of the Union home ministry on Tuesday about the possible date for signing of the agreement, but the official could not give a fixed date. All he said was that it would be initiated soon. Nunisa said the recent disturbances in the Bodoland Territorial Areas District might have sprung a roadblock in signing the draft agreement.

The DHD chairman was reluctant to spell out the main features of the agreement, but his colleagues revealed some. They said the present Dima Hasao district council, formed under the Sixth Schedule, would be renamed either Dimaraji Territorial Council or Dima Hasao Territorial Council, and that the Centre had also agreed to provide an initial grant of Rs 200 crore for socio-economic development and building of infrastructure in the district.

The draft agreement also proposes to set up a rural development council to monitor speedy development in villages and hamlets and float a tribal research centre to boost the culture and literature of the indigenous communities in the district.

It also includes some demands of the breakaway Jewel Gorlosa faction of the DHD but there is no official confirmation if it adheres to the DHD (Nunisa)’s demand for including about 95 Dimasa-majority villages, spread over the adjoining districts of Cachar, Nagaon and Karbi Anglong, in Dima Hasao district.