GUWAHATI, Dec 12 � The Welfare of Plains Tribals and Other Backward Classes (WPT&BC) Department is trying to set up a separate directorate for the Other Backward Classes (OBC). A proposal for the purpose has been placed with the Finance Department and the Chief Minister has also evinced interest in creating this directorate. If it materialises, the directorate is expected to help running the 18 development councils meant for the OBC groups.
This was stated by Minister of State for Welfare of Plains Tribes and Other Backward Classes (WPT&BC) Rajiv Lochan Pegu in the State Assembly today. The Minister was replying to a cut motion debate on the demand for grant of his department.
The Minister said that his department has been trying to resolve the impasse over the elections to the Rabha Hasong Autonomous Council (RHAC) and to the Panchayats in the RHAC areas as well.
The leaders of the Rabha organisations have agreed to extend their cooperation in this regard. A solution to the impasse is expected soon, the Minister said.
The Chief Minister has directed the WPT&BC Department to launch a special drive for removing the backlogs existing against the posts reserved for the Scheduled Tribes (STs), the Minister said. He argued that the backlogs against these posts could be easily removed if a post-based roaster system for the purpose is introduced.
The Minister further said that the purpose for which the development councils for the ethnic groups have been formed has mostly been fulfilled. The self-employment schemes of these councils have been benefitting the job seekers of the communities for which these councils have been formed.
The Department has earmarked an amount of Rs 3 crore to hold the elections to the autonomous councils, he said.
While expressing readiness to supply more documents to the Central Government on the issue of granting ST status to the Koch-Rajbongshis, Chutiyas, Ahoms, Morans, Mataks and the Tea Tribe communities of the State, the Minister said that he had not received any objection from any of the tribal groups to the bid to grant ST status to the six ethnic groups.
The cut motion was withdrawn by the Opposition members after the reply of the Minister.