GUWAHATI, Aug 5 � Though the Assam Government is planning to complete the process of rehabilitation of the people displaced in the recent ethnic clashes by August 15, it will be a tough task as the Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) has demanded that the credentials of the inmates of the relief camps should be checked before they are rehabilitated in the BTAD areas.
The BTC has doubts on whether all the inmates of the relief camps were displaced from the BTAD during the ethnic clashes and demanded that the camp inmates should be rehabilitated in a phased manner.
Talking to The Assam Tribune, the Deputy Chief of the BTC, Khampa Borgoyari said that according to a decision taken by the Council, those who have land in the BTAD area should be rehabilitated immediately in the first phase. Those who do not have land but their names appear in the voters� lists should be kept in the relief camps till the BTC and the State Government arrive at an agreement on their fate. On the other hand, those who do not have land in the BTAD area and whose names do not appear in the voters� lists should not be rehabilitated in the BTAD area.
The BTC Deputy Chief said that the possibility of bringing in �outsiders� to the BTAD area by taking advantage of the situation cannot be ruled out as there is something wrong with the figures of the people now staying in the relief camps. He said that according to information available with them, the population of Kokrajhar district, as per the 2011 census, was around 10.31 lakh and the Muslim population was around 2.36 lakh. But now more than 4.50 lakh people are staying in the relief camps in Kokrajhar and Dhubri districts. �It is hard to believe that the Muslim population increased so sharply in one year and it is also a fact that less than 50 per cent of the total Muslim population in Kokrajhar was affected by the clashes,� he pointed out.
Borgoyari further said according to the BTC accord, those who had land in the BTAD areas on or before February 10, 2003 would have land rights and if outsiders are settled in the BTAD area now it would be violation of the accord.