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Call to include Tiwa Autonomous Council in Sixth Schedule

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, March 13 � Tiwa organisations, including the All Tiwa Students� Union and the Autonomy Demand Struggling Forum have asked Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi to send a proposal to the Union Government for inclusion of Tiwa Autonomous Council under the Sixth Schedule of the Constitution of India.

In a letter to the Chief Minister, the Tiwa bodies mentioned that Tiwa and other tribal people of Nagaon, Morigaon, Kamrup and Karbi Anglong districts have been struggling for inclusion of Tiwa Autonomous Council under the Sixth Schedule since1967.

�Though the accord was signed in 1995 and a Tiwa (Lalung) Autonomous Council was created, yet the TAC has totally failed to fulfill the aspirations of the Tiwa people,� the statement mentioned.

The memorandum also mentioned that the interim council has totally failed to build confidence among Tiwas and other tribal people of the area.

The Tiwa bodies, including the All Tiwa Women�s Association and Tiwa Cultural Society appealed to the Government to hold elections in the TAC and take steps to prepare electoral roll of the TAC upholding the democratic rights of the people.

Urging the State Government to implement the Tiwa Language Accord of 1997, which propose to introduce Tiwa language in class III and IV as a subject, the organisations mentioned that despite conducting interview for the posts of Tiwa language teachers, the Government has not yet appointed even a single language teacher till date.

The Tiwa bodies asked the Government to appoint at least 100 Tiwa language teachers during the cirrent financial year.

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