GUWAHATI, Jan 20 � The All Adivasi Students� Association of Assam (AASAA) today demanded steps from the State Government to ensure Scheduled Tribe (ST) status to the Adivasis of the State. It also demanded immediate steps to stop eviction of the Adivasi people from Lungsung area of Kokrajhar district.
The students� body also demanded a CBI inquiry into the cruel and �illegal� eviction of the Adivasis in Lungsung area, and abolition of child labour system from the tea gardens of the State. It further stated that implementation of Adivasi Development Council at the State level only after inking an accord by the Adivasi organisations and the State Government in presence of the representatives of the Central Government.
In a memorandum submitted to the Chief Minister the AASAA central executive committee said that the ST status to the Adivasis would solve 80 per cent of their problems. This will also lead to all-round development of the State, said the students� body.
Describing the Lungsung eviction drive against the Adivasi settlers as horrific, inhuman and illegal, the students� body said that a total of 6,919 Adivasi people of 1,267 families are affected, out of which 3,303 are males and 3,949 females. Of them, 3,813 are adults and 3,106 are minors.