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Tribal Sangha demands rights

Kokrajhar, March 23: The All-Assam Tribal Sangha has demanded reservation of majority seats for indi- genous people in the Assam Assembly.

The Sangha adopted some important resolutions during its three-day 36th triennial general conference which concluded today after three days of colourful programmes at Mancotta in Dibrugarh.

The Sangha said majority seats should be reserved for indigenous people of Assam in the state Assembly so that their rights and interests are protected and the minority indigenous communities have representatives in the Assembly.

It also demanded that the rights and interests of the indigenous communities should be looked after for good, protection of tribal belts and blocks, eviction of illegal encroachers of tribal land, inquiry into the illegal mutation cases in tribal belts and blocks areas, land rights for the scheduled tribal forest dweller according to the Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2006.

Sangha general secretary Aditya Kakhlary said they would discuss with the government and the BTC authorities on forest rights issue. “There is an urgent need to safeguard the tribal belts and blocks and protection of tribal lands from illegal encroachers,” he said.

The Sangha also demanded enhancement of reservation for ST (plains) from 10 per cent to 15 per cent as per the 2011 census and inclusion of five more communities in list of ST (plains) in 2002.

It criticised the state government for working against rights of tribal people saying the government and its machinery are not at all interested in proper implementation of reservation policy and rights of tribal people.

Kakhlary said land issues are of foremost importance. “There is an internal strategy to grab tribal land and drive away the tribal people from their land,” he said.

The apex tribal organisation criticised the Assam government for oppression and discrimination against the aboriginal people.

“The tribal people are deliberately deprived of their rights by the state government,” Kakhlary said.

He warned Dispur that this kind of discriminatory role and anti-tribal policy will not be tolerated and demanded implementation of the Assam Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Reservation of Vacancies in Services and Post Amendment Act, 2012, in the state.


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