BONGAIGAON, Sept 1 - President of the Assam Pradesh Congress Committee�s Tea Community Cell and the legislator of Mariani LAC Rupjyoti Kurmi on Friday visited Chirang district to assess the present condition of 76 Adivasi families, who have been staying at a camp at Durgapur in Bengtal area of Chirang district after the 1996 ethnic clash which took place in the Bodo belt.
These Adivasi families from seven villages in Chirang district had left their homes to save their life and took shelter at this camp. Their 1575 bighas of lands have been encroached upon by some fringe elements but they (Adivasi families)have been paying the land tax regularly since then.
Kurmi took all the details and heard their problems and assured them to discuss the matter with BTC Chief Hagrama Mohilary.
The legislator criticised the present BJP-led NDA government for its failure to address the issues of these displaced Adivasis and appealed to the rights groups to take up the crisis of Adivasis before the government, on which he has lost confidence already.
All the Adivasis are Indian citizens and they had applied for including their names in NRC by producing documents of 1954, so they must get the rights under the Constitution like other citizens. But 3 lakh Adivasis of BTAD have been living as landless and homeless people despite having their ancestral lands in villages in BTAD, Kurmi said. If Hagrama Mohilary can grant huge plot of land to Patanjali Trust then he can clear the encroached lands of Adivasis and return it to them, Kurmi said and called upon Mohilary to do so.