DIPHU, Nov 11 - The Karbi Students� Association (KSA) has submitted a memorandum to the Chief Executive Member (CEM), KAAC, Tuliram Ronghang demanding land rights for the indigenous tribal people of the district.
The KSA, in the memorandum has urged the KAAC to immediately stop transfer of land to non-indigenous and non-tribal people, giving of political rights to indigenous tribals and only to those indigenous non-tribal people who have been residing in the district since its inception as per the Sixth Schedule of the Indian Constitution, eviction of the people who have illegally encroached on forest land and de-reservation of certain forest areas like the Upper Hatoka area under Dilai police station which no more has any feature of forestry and on which local indigenous tribal people have already settled.
The KSA stated that the subject of land and revenue is a vital subject of an autonomous district council under the Sixth Schedule of the Indian Constitution. One of the objectives of framing of the Schedule was to protect and safeguard the lands of the indigenous tribal people. Accordingly, the autonomous councils are empowered to enact laws for protection of its land, the memorandum further mentioned.
The student body has further asked the KAAC to exercise the Mikir Hills District Transfer of Land Act, 1959. The memorandum stated that the tribal people of the North East have been discriminated, oppressed, exploited and marginalised due to �raids� by the mainstream plains people. And therefore, political power should be vested with the indigenous tribal people.
Leeon Ingleng, president and Moniram Tobki, secretary of KSA through the memorandum urged Tuliram Ronghang, CEM, KAAC to take up immediate measures to give political rights only to indigenous tribal people and to those non-tribals who have been living in the district since its formation.
Besides, it also demanded stopping and eviction of non-bonafide people who have been destroying forests and building houses on forest land illegally.