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New body for full authority to natives

By Our Bureau

DIBRUGARH, Feb 24 - A newly formed organisation � Asom Khilanjia Ganamancha today held a meeting of its central committee where it was decided to raise a demand for the State�s ethnic population to be empowered with full authority over its land and natural resources. The Ganamancha resolved to try to achieve this goal before February 2026, that is, two hundred years since the signing of the Treaty of Yandaboo.

According to the president of the Ganamancha, Kamala Rajkonwar, the signing of the Treaty of Yandaboo is a dark episode for the people of Assam. The treaty decided the fate of the ethnic people of Assam in absentia, he said, adding, the ethnic population of Assam must have full authority over its land and natural resources, and that this is the only way forward.

The Ganamancha will host a state-level �peoples convention� here on March 13 to carry forward its agenda. The organisation feels that all ethnic groups of the State should be accorded ST status, besides introduction of inner line permit system and safeguard for all communities.

Those who attended today�s meeting at the office of the Ahom Royal Society here included Parag Jyoti Baruah, Tapan Sarma Baruah, Zehir Ahmed, Uttam Kumar Baruah, Mujibur Rahman, Thaneswar Borah, Dhaniram Baruah, Khagen Gogoi and Biswajit Baruah, among others.

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