GUWAHATI, Dec 5 � The Chilarai Sena has given a call for a 12-hour Assam bandh from 5 am of December 7 in protest against the refusal of the Registrar General of India (RGI) to recommend the status of Scheduled Tribes to six communities of Assam.
The chairman of the Chilarai Sena, Bishwajit Roy, said that they came to know about the decision of the RGI after meeting the Assistant Registrar General in New Delhi today. He also said that the next phase of agitation would be declared soon.
Our New Delhi Spl Correspondent adds: The State Government has always been aware about the rejection for it was on May 21 that the Centre informed the Parliament. This newspaper had then reported that the Centre has confirmed that the proposal to accord Schedule Tribe (ST) status to Koch Rajbongshi community has been rejected by the Registrar General of India (RGI).
The proposal has been already rejected by the RGI, as the name of the community already exists in the OBC list, Minister for Tribal Affairs Kishore Chandra Deo said while replying to a discussion on the Constitution Amendment (Schedule Tribe) Order Bill, 2012 in the Rajya Sabha.
The Minister, however, had then held out some hope stating that if any fresh inputs come from the State Government, then those may be referred to the RGI.