GUWAHATI, June 10 � A four-member delegation of the All Adivasi Student Association of Assam (AASAA) led by its president Raphael Kujur will leave for New Delhi tomorrow to demand immediate scheduling of the Adivasis of Assam in the Scheduled Tribes (ST) list.
The delegation will meet Rameshwar Oraon, Chairman of the National Commission for Scheduled Tribes on June 13 and Shambhu Singh, Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Home Affairs on June 14.
They are also likely to meet the Union tribal ministers and other ministers.
�AASAA is very much hopeful that the new government under the leadership of Narendra Modi will grant the scheduling of Adivasis of Assam. The previous government had totally failed to fulfil the aspirations of the Adivasis, though it had given its assurances many times,� said Kujur.
It needs to be mentioned here that the student body had been taking up various agitational programmes in the last few years to press its demand for ST status, besides insisting on grant of monthly payment of Rs 10,000 (ten thousand) to tea garden workers, immediate establishment of ME and high schools and colleges in tea garden areas, immediate allotment of Rs 1,000 crore for the uplift of tea workers, establishment of central schools, provision of school buses and scholarship to students of tea garden communities.