Kokrajhar, Oct. 17: The All Bodo Students’ Union (Absu) has expressed dissatisfaction with the way the rehabilitation process is being carried out by the district administration.
An Absu release today alleged that the administration was not following the process of identification of illegal migrants during scrutiny. It claimed that the riot-displaced people of the BTAD were returning informally and urged the administration to ensure that no illegal migrant was resettled.
“The scrutiny must strictly follow the cut-off date of March 24, 1971, and land documents to identify genuine citizens. Before starting formal rehabilitation, not a single suspected illegal migrant should be allowed to go back and settle. Illegal encroachment in tribal areas, government land and forest areas will not be tolerated,” Absu general secretary Jiron Basumatary said.
The Absu also demanded that the houses of the victims of the recent clashes in lower Assam should be reconstructed before they are sent back home and immediate measures should be taken to do so.
It also demanded immediate release of ex gratia to the next of kin of the deceased, to the injured and gratuity for victims of the violence besides adequate ration supply and medicines for inmates of relief camps.
The Kokrajhar district administration has started the process of rehabilitation and has already sent some relief camp inmates to their villages. The rehabilitated villagers were given a cheque for Rs 22,700 and materials for makeshift shelters, including seven bundles of tin sheets, tarpaulin and bamboo. They have been promised ration for a month.
Kokrajhar deputy commissioner Jayant Narlikar said the rehabilitation process had been initiated and the inmates were encouraged to go to the villages. He said necessary arrangements had been made to help people do so.
Relief: Kalyan Ashram, an NGO, has distributed relief materials among the riot-hit villagers of Onthaibari and Mutupara in Kokrajhar district, who have returned from various relief camps. The relief materials include tarpaulin, mosquito nets, buckets, utensils, shops, mugs, carpets, bedsheets and clothes.
TET stand: The Absu today said norms for TET had been formulated without properly assessing the previous rules of the state. It demanded a review based on the earlier rules. In a release, Absu education secretary Romeo P. Narzary said they were not against TET but the way the formulation of the norms without proper assessing the previous rules of the state was unjustifiable. Absu said the cut-off mark of 50 per cent for TET, which is made compulsory for all, should be reviewed as per earlier rules of the state government considering the socio-economic issues and unemployment problem.