DIBRUGARH, July 2 � All Adivasi Students� Association of Assam (AASAA) today resolved to resume mass demonstrations in the State capital, district headquarters as well as in New Delhi in support of their various demands. The students� body of the Adivasi community of Assam had virtually put an halt to all mass protests in the State in the aftermath of the unfortunate Beltola violence on November 26, 2007.
Marking the 15th foundation day of AASAA at Moran Higher Secondary School ground at Moran, the student body resolved to stage its first major protest at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi. The student body, since its inception, has been demanding scheduling of various Adivasi communities in the State. The major demands of AASAA include, among others, hike in the wages of tea garden workers up to Rs 200, amendment of the alleged pro-Plantation Labour Act, reservations of seats for the Adivasis in universities, medical and engineering institutes, appointment of Adivasi teachers in schools where majority are Adivasis and creation of Adivasi Development Council for the entire State. AASAA has sought to raise the issues today by submitting a memorandum to the Chief Minister.
The function presided over by AASAA president Raphael Kujur was attended by the Adivasis from across the State. The programme was also attended by leaders from Assam Jatiyatabadi Yuva-Chatra Parishad (AJYCP), Sonowal Kachari Students� Union (SKSU), All Assam Chutia Students� Union and Bengali Yuva Chatra Federation, among others.