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Panel sets Aug. 31 deadline for Delhi

Nagaon, Aug. 4: The Joint Action Committee for Autonomous State today set August 31 as the deadline within which New Delhi and Dispur must find a solution to the decade-long autonomous state issue failing which the organisation would launch its democratic agitation.

Formed a year ago, the committee is a platform of all political and non-political organisations of Karbi Anglong which is continuing its struggle for an autonomous state comprising Karbi Anglong and Dima Hasao.

Two seniormost leaders of the committee, John Engti Kathar and Bijoy Teron, recently moved Union minister Kiren Rijiju and submitted a page-long memorandum demanding solution of the issue.

Committee president Khorsingh Teron today said the organisation would send a petition to the NDA government mentioning the August 31 deadline.

“The ongoing political system as well as the council machinery is not at all serious about dealing with the autonomous state issue for their narrow political gain.”

He came down heavily upon the local political system for “playing games” with the decade-long dream of the people of the two hill districts.

“Unfortunately, the people of the two hill districts feel that except money and power these politicians know nothing,” he said.

The committee has chal-ked out a series of agitation programmes from September 1, which include a monthlong fast after the expiry of the August 31 deadline and a monthlong non-cooperation movement from October 1.

“We are very weak in case of organisational set up in neighbouring Dima Hasao. So, by August, we plan to strengthen that in the district. At the same time with awareness programmes we plan to bring the new message to all the people of Karbi Anglong. All these would be done within this month,” Teron said.

A self-role homeland (hemprek kanthim) for people living in the two hill districts of Assam echoed mainly in 1985 when the Autonomous State Demand Committee (ASDC) was floated. A memorandum promising more power to the council between ASDC and Delhi in 1995 paused the struggle. In 2001, the government accepted United People’s Democratic Solidarity (UPDS)’s hemprek kanthim demand and agreed to sit for discussions.


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