Guwahati, Feb. 24: Gauhati High Court today directed the Asian Centre for Human Rights to submit “practical and workable solutions” for proper relief and rehabilitation of those affected in the Garo-Rabha clashes to Assam and Meghalaya governments within seven days.
The director of the centre, Suhas Chakma, said the case would come up for hearing on April 29. The first hearing had taken place on January 22 and the second on February 7 when the centre had submitted the workable solutions to the court.
The centre has contended that the affected Garos and Rabhas be treated on a par with Sri Lankan Tamil refugees and the Kashmiri Pandits vis-à-vis relief, rehabilitation and resettlement.
According to Chakma, the measures have been divided into four parts — measures to protect the life, liberty, dignity and worth of an individual displaced by conflicts and residing in relief camps; steps for return, resettlement and reintegration of the internally-displaced persons; compensation to the kin of those killed and setting up of grievance redressal authority.
The two governments have been working in close coordination to ensure the return of the displaced to their respective homes. Though the Garos from Assam have returned, a tripartite meeting had set a 15-day deadline on Tuesday to ensure the return of the 6,000 affected Rabhas to Meghalaya.
The centre has suggested, among others, the continued deployment of central paramilitary forces in affected areas for six months, restoration of land rights and rights over properties of the original owners, a grant of Rs 48,500 to each displaced family under the under the Indira Awas Yojana as revised on October 4, 2010 and Rs 41,000 cash assistance to each family as “livelihood restoration” as provided in the National Disaster Management Policy, 2009.
It also mooted Rs 10 lakh as ex gratia to family of those killed in the clashes and the establishment of a grievance redressal authority comprising the representatives of the two governments and the centre for implementation of court directives.