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Govt urged to scrutinise displaced people

By STAFF Reporter

GUWAHATI, May 5 � The All Assam Tribal Sangha (AATS) and All Bodo Students� Union (ABSU) have asked the State Government to conduct a proper scrutiny of the documents of people displaced in incidents of violence in tribal areas of the State and rehabilitate only those with valid documents.

In a joint meeting held here, the two organisations decided to pressurise the Government to expel the people not having valid documents and ID proof out of the State immediately.

The tribal bodies alleged that in the name of rehabilitation, the Government is validating the status of illegal migrants.

�According to government records, more than 3,000 people could not produce proper documents after the Udalguri violence, but there was no information later about the decision of their legal status. Similarly, in recent major incidents of violence also, there is a lack of scrutiny,� AATS general secretary Aditya Khaklari said.

Holding the Government of Assam responsible for the lack of development in the tribal areas and overall economic backwardness of tribal people of Assam, both the tribal bodies rued the non-implementation of Tribal and Other Traditional Forest Dweller (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act 2006 in Assam.

�The majority of tribal people still do not have land pattas, which is their basic right as the sons of soil. Moreover, the encroachment on the tribal blocks and belts is still going on, against which we along with other tribal bodies would soon start a movement in the State,� said All Bodo Students� Union president Promod Boro.

Also, due to the non-implementation of the said Act, thousands of schools of BTAD area belonging to Bodo-medium, Assamese-medium and mixed medium were deprived of getting provincialised in the first phase.

�As the schools could not produce the land holding certificates, they were excluded from the first phase list of provincialised schools. Now, we demand that all the venture schools of the area should be provincialised unconditionally,� he added.

In the meeting, it was also decided to ask all the government departments, schools, colleges and technical institutions, etc., to make it mandatory to maintain �Roster Register� as per the reservation Act and fill all the vacancies of tribal quota.

Also alleging some anomalies in the recently declared APSC results, the tribal bodies questioned the appointment of several candidates against ST (Plains) and ST (Hills) categories. �Several candidates with non-tribal surnames are appointed against the seats reserved for the tribal candidates and the government must clarify its stand on this issue,� added Khaklari.

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Govt urged to scrutinise displaced people

GUWAHATI, May 5 � The All Assam Tribal Sangha (AATS) and All Bodo Students� Union (ABSU) have asked the State Government to conduct a proper scrutiny of the documents of people displaced in incidents of violence in tribal areas of the State and rehabilitate only those with valid documents.

In a joint meeting held here, the two organisations decided to pressurise the Government to expel the people not having valid documents and ID proof out of the State immediately.

The tribal bodies alleged that in the name of rehabilitation, the Government is validating the status of illegal migrants.

�According to government records, more than 3,000 people could not produce proper documents after the Udalguri violence, but there was no information later about the decision of their legal status. Similarly, in recent major incidents of violence also, there is a lack of scrutiny,� AATS general secretary Aditya Khaklari said.

Holding the Government of Assam responsible for the lack of development in the tribal areas and overall economic backwardness of tribal people of Assam, both the tribal bodies rued the non-implementation of Tribal and Other Traditional Forest Dweller (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act 2006 in Assam.

�The majority of tribal people still do not have land pattas, which is their basic right as the sons of soil. Moreover, the encroachment on the tribal blocks and belts is still going on, against which we along with other tribal bodies would soon start a movement in the State,� said All Bodo Students� Union president Promod Boro.

Also, due to the non-implementation of the said Act, thousands of schools of BTAD area belonging to Bodo-medium, Assamese-medium and mixed medium were deprived of getting provincialised in the first phase.

�As the schools could not produce the land holding certificates, they were excluded from the first phase list of provincialised schools. Now, we demand that all the venture schools of the area should be provincialised unconditionally,� he added.

In the meeting, it was also decided to ask all the government departments, schools, colleges and technical institutions, etc., to make it mandatory to maintain �Roster Register� as per the reservation Act and fill all the vacancies of tribal quota.

Also alleging some anomalies in the recently declared APSC results, the tribal bodies questioned the appointment of several candidates against ST (Plains) and ST (Hills) categories. �Several candidates with non-tribal surnames are appointed against the seats reserved for the tribal candidates and the government must clarify its stand on this issue,� added Khaklari.

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