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Non-Karbis in Diphu seek statutory safeguards

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DIPHU, Nov 3 � The Anakarbi Adhikar Suraksha Mancha (AASM) has demanded the Government to discuss the issues of non-Karbis in the tripartite talks which will be held on November 6 between the State and Central governments along with the Joint Action Committee for Autonomous State (JACAS).

The press statement of the AASM signed by TK Phukan and Gunen Konwar, president and secretary of ASSM stated that as the then people of the neighbouring districts of Sivasagar, Nagaon and Jowai had been assured of safeguards with socio-economic and complete political rights before formation of the then Mikir Hills district and now Karbi Anglong, including the mentioned parts of the State, the non-Karbis living in Karbi Anglong since its formation have suffered infringement of their constitutional rights.

According to the press statement, the community-wise break-up of the hill district is such that out of the total population 9, 75,000, near about 4, 50,000 are Karbis and the rest 5, 25,000 population are non-Karbis, which includes Assamese, Adivasis, Hindi-speaking people, Bengali, Boro, Nepali, Garo, Chakma, Dimasa, Hajong, Hmar, Khamti, Khasi, Rengma, Kuki, Man (Tai), Manipuri, Mising, Mizo, Naga, Rabha, Sonowal-Kachari, Thengal-Kachari and Tiwa , besides others.

The AASM press statement further stated that formation of Karbi Anglong district has completed more that 62 years, but the non-Karbis living in the Karbi Anglong autonomous district are being treated as second category citizens.

According to the chatter of demands of AASM, the Mikir Hills Land Act, 1959 and its subsequent circulars issued by the KAAC in 2007 and 2013 respectively have been creating confusion and suspicion among the non-Karbi and non-Dimasa people residing in the district. The non-Karbi organisation therefore demanded amendment of the Mikir Hills Land Act, 1959 and urged the concerned authority to include the necessary statutory clauses for the protection of non-Karbi people in the district.

Besides, the organisation demanded issuance of common land documents to all pattadars as it exists in the plains districts of the State. Some other main demands of the organisation are creation of Howraghat as a district outside the purview of KAAC, including all villages under Phuloni Revenue Circle and Silbheta forest areas with headquarter at Howraghat, delimitation of all LAC and MAC constituencies of the district on the basis of Pataskar Commission report of 1965, introduction of Panchayat Raj institution in the district and creation of Mahkuma Parishad at Diphu, Bokajan and Hamren sub-divisions respectively, creation of regional autonomous councils and village councils for the Garo, Kuki, Rengma, Tiwa, Dimasa, Man-Tai speaking people, Khasi and Jaintias living in Karbi Anglong and inclusion of Koch and other deprived communities in the Sixth Schedule areas.

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Non-Karbis in Diphu seek statutory safeguards

DIPHU, Nov 3 � The Anakarbi Adhikar Suraksha Mancha (AASM) has demanded the Government to discuss the issues of non-Karbis in the tripartite talks which will be held on November 6 between the State and Central governments along with the Joint Action Committee for Autonomous State (JACAS).

The press statement of the AASM signed by TK Phukan and Gunen Konwar, president and secretary of ASSM stated that as the then people of the neighbouring districts of Sivasagar, Nagaon and Jowai had been assured of safeguards with socio-economic and complete political rights before formation of the then Mikir Hills district and now Karbi Anglong, including the mentioned parts of the State, the non-Karbis living in Karbi Anglong since its formation have suffered infringement of their constitutional rights.

According to the press statement, the community-wise break-up of the hill district is such that out of the total population 9, 75,000, near about 4, 50,000 are Karbis and the rest 5, 25,000 population are non-Karbis, which includes Assamese, Adivasis, Hindi-speaking people, Bengali, Boro, Nepali, Garo, Chakma, Dimasa, Hajong, Hmar, Khamti, Khasi, Rengma, Kuki, Man (Tai), Manipuri, Mising, Mizo, Naga, Rabha, Sonowal-Kachari, Thengal-Kachari and Tiwa , besides others.

The AASM press statement further stated that formation of Karbi Anglong district has completed more that 62 years, but the non-Karbis living in the Karbi Anglong autonomous district are being treated as second category citizens.

According to the chatter of demands of AASM, the Mikir Hills Land Act, 1959 and its subsequent circulars issued by the KAAC in 2007 and 2013 respectively have been creating confusion and suspicion among the non-Karbi and non-Dimasa people residing in the district. The non-Karbi organisation therefore demanded amendment of the Mikir Hills Land Act, 1959 and urged the concerned authority to include the necessary statutory clauses for the protection of non-Karbi people in the district.

Besides, the organisation demanded issuance of common land documents to all pattadars as it exists in the plains districts of the State. Some other main demands of the organisation are creation of Howraghat as a district outside the purview of KAAC, including all villages under Phuloni Revenue Circle and Silbheta forest areas with headquarter at Howraghat, delimitation of all LAC and MAC constituencies of the district on the basis of Pataskar Commission report of 1965, introduction of Panchayat Raj institution in the district and creation of Mahkuma Parishad at Diphu, Bokajan and Hamren sub-divisions respectively, creation of regional autonomous councils and village councils for the Garo, Kuki, Rengma, Tiwa, Dimasa, Man-Tai speaking people, Khasi and Jaintias living in Karbi Anglong and inclusion of Koch and other deprived communities in the Sixth Schedule areas.

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