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Union reiterates council demand

Tura, Feb. 15: The Garo National Union, an umbrella organisation of political and non-political groups, today demanded the formation of an autonomous council for the community in Assam at the earliest.

Speaking at a meeting at Mesalkawa in Assam’s Goalpara district, union president Obinash D. Sangma said, “We will never accept anything short of a Garo Autonomous Council.

“The state has a sizeable Garo population and a council should be formed for their welfare. If other plains belt indigenous communities can be accorded a council in Assam, why can’t the Garos?”

The demand follows Gogoi statement in the Assam Assembly on February 13 that the Garo community in Assam will soon get a development corporation. Sangma said Gogoi had assured a council would be formed for the community during a meeting in Dispur on December 10 last year.

Urging Gogoi to keep his word, noted Garo activist and pro-vice chancellor of ICFAI University, Milton Sangma, said, “He had asked the union to be patient as their council demand was a new development.”

Sangma said Garos residing in Kamrup (rural) and Goalpara districts are firm on their demand for an autonomous council.