TINSUKIA, July 18 - A mass rally was organised by the Jonogosthiyo Oikya Mancha at Chaliha Nagar field here on Tuesday in demand of schedule tribe status for six communities of the State, namely, Tai Ahom, Mottock, Moran, Chutiya, Koch Rajbongshi and Tea tribes of Assam.
The rally was addressed by leaders of the communities besides other organisations like Assam Jatiyatabadi Yuba Chatra Parishad etc. Speakers stated that both the Central and State governments had been depriving people of these communities of the ST status thus denying their just rights.
Speakers reiterated that since these six communities fulfil all the norms, they should be provided Schedule Tribe status immediately.
They also threatened that if the government delays to take a positive decision, then the situation in the State will turn worse, for which only the government will be held responsible.
Speakers also demanded that the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 should be withdrawn in interest of the indigenous people of Assam since the Bill will endanger the very existence of the indigenous people and deny them their social, political and economic rights. It may be mentioned here that there had been more protests against the Bill here earlier.