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Protest threat over ST status

Tinsukia, June 19: The All Assam Moran Students' Union today announced protests to build pressure on the committee, which is formulating the modalities for granting Scheduled Tribe status to six communities of the state, to meet the June 30 deadline for submitting its report.

The committee, formed by the Centre on February 29 last year, has already failed to meet four deadlines for submitting its report.

The student union's president, Arunjyoti Moran, said, "We will take out a torch-lit procession tomorrow against the government's delay tactics. A rail blockade programme has been lined up on June 25." He warned of intensified agitation from the first of next month if the committee does not submit its report within June 30.

On the other hand, posters calling for a 24-hour statewide strike against any decision to grant ST status to the six communities circulated on the social media. The bandh call was being attributed to the Coordination Committee of the Tribal Organization of Assam.

Before the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, the BJP government had promised ST status to six communities of Assam - the Morans, Muttocks, Koch Rajbongshis, Tai Ahoms, Sutias and the tea tribes - within a year of coming to power.

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