GUWAHATI, Sept 27 - The Garo Autonomous Council Joint Movement Committee (GACJMC) today moved Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal demanding creation of a Garo Autonomous Council for the Garo people of Assam. Its members and sympathisers also staged dharna at Dispur Last Gate over the demand.
In a memorandum addressed to the CM, the GACJMC said, �The Garo people are traditionally, culturally and socially a rich community and they have a distinct identity of their own. But today, the world is globally changing very rapidly, whereas our Garo people are struggling for survival for a square meal a day. So we want political self-determination of our own within the framework of the Indian Constitution to preserve and protect our identity from extermination from this Earth, and creation of the Garo Autonomous Council will be the only solution.�
On the need for creation of an autonomous council, the GACJMC said, �According to the Census report of 1971, Garos were the 9th largest Scheduled Tribe group in India and according to the 2011 Census, the Garos belong to the largest ethnic group in the North East.�