MORIGAON, March 9 - The All Tiwa Students� Union (ATSU) has vehemently criticised the State government for not exempting the Tiwa tribal-populated areas falling under the Tiwa Autonomous Council in Kamrup and Morigaon districts.
In a press meet held yesterday, leaders of ATSU, Tiwa Yuva Chatra Parishad and Tiwa Sahitya Sabha said that the State Capital Extension Act�2017 included areas under the Tiwa Autonomous Council and Rabha Autonomous Council.
Only after a long-drawn agitation by the Tiwa and Rabha people did the state government opine that all such areas will be exempted from the Act. But during the ongoing Budget session of the Assam Assembly, Finance Minister Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma announced that areas of Rabha Autonomous Council will be exempted from the Act. At the same time, Tiwa areas were not exempted from the Capital Extension Act-2017, the Tiwa leaders added.
In order to register protest against the Capital Extension Act� 2017, the ATSU and other Tiwa organisations have called a 24-hour central Assam bandh on March 12.