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Absu slams govt ‘attitude’

- Protect the displaced, student union tells Dispur

Kokrajhar, Dec. 17: The All Bodo Students’ Union (Absu) has expressed dissatisfaction with the attitude of the state political leadership, including the statement of governor, on rehabilitation.

The union demanded proper scrutiny for the displaced people who have been settling on lands which are not entitled to them.

In a statement, Absu president Promode Boro said: “It is unfortunate that none of the political leaders is firm in his decision on protection of land and people in the state.

Absu expressed total dissatisfaction with the irresponsible attitude of the state political leadership, including the statement of the Assam governor on rehabilitation as they are saying that the base year should be 2005 electoral roll.”

The union said such statements amount to “lack of responsibility and vision”.

“The process of rehabilitation must be transparent so that every citizen can confidently accept it. The government should take every possible measure to build sustainable peace in the region but no innocent person should be harassed in the name of peace-building measures,” it said.

Absu said the statements on the existence and non-existence of Bangladeshis in the state is nothing but a deliberate attempt to divert the issue from the momentum it has regained in the past few months after the conflict.

“It is true that there are Bangladeshi migrants in Assam and illegal migration is taking place every now and then through the border — it does not matter whether through land or water. It has become so easy for those people to migrate because of the weakness of the government in dealing with the issue. As the people of same community are already living inside the state, once they reach their place they get accustomed,” he said.

The union said it is not matter of caste or religion but “matter of protection of land, legality and illegality, confidence building and conflict resolution for permanent peace building”.

The union said it would stick to its demand for proper scrutiny of the existing registered list of displaced people though majority of them have been resettled without respecting the government process.

The union asked the governor and other state and central leaders “the logic in taking 2005 electoral roll as the base year for rehabilitation in the BTAD while 1971 was accepted in the Assam Accord”.

“Does somebody dare pronounce the Assam Accord 1985 invalid? Why did the Centre and state government agree on March 25, 1971, as the base year for detection and deportation of the foreign nationals from the state of Assam? Despite the existence of land laws to protect the 47 tribal belts and blocks in the state, how can one order rehabilitation without proper land document? If somebody comes to the relief camp after being displaced by floods and erosion, why should he or she not produce proper documents? Do the executives and legislators not know about illegal migration in the state? Are not these people responsible for all conflicts that happened in the state? Does not it show the total negligence of the executive and legislative bodies in protecting the law of the land?” Absu asked.