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Tribal meet passes 10 resolutions

Guwahati, Aug. 20: The two-day convention of the indigenous communities of Assam here today came up with 10 resolutions to intensify their movement for their rights.

One of the resolutions gives priority to put pressure on the government to implement the Forest Rights Act, 2006, at the earliest.

The convention, where all major organisations of the indigenous communities like the All Assam Tribal Sangha participated, discussed issues like non-fulfilment of the reservation policies by the state government and problems faced by the autonomous and development councils.

“Thousands of indigenous people living in the forest have been deprived of land rights because of non-implementation of the forest act. We demand the government to give land rights to indigenous people living in forest and the nearby areas before 2005,” a resolution said.