GUWAHATI, Jan 24 � The Communist Party of India (CPI) has called for constitution amendment to facilitate changes in the Representation of People Act, 1951, for ensuring that indigenous and tribal communities of Assam gets adequate representation in the proposed Vidhan Parishad.
CPI Assam Secretary-in-Charge Dambaru Bora and State Secretariat Member Munin Mahanata met members of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Personnel, Public Grievances, Law and Justice who are currently in town and submitted a memorandum in this regard yesterday.
Speaking to The Assam Tribune today, Bora said while formation of a Legislative Council in the State would be a good step, the process should be carried out so as to give proper representation to the indigenous communities.
He rued the fact that the Assam Legislative Council Bill, 2013, which was tabled in the Parliament during the Winter Session, do not contain provisions to ensure that and added that merely forming an Upper House of Legislature in the State would be a futile exercise if local communities are not ensured proper representation.
�We told the Parliamentary Committee that if necessary the passage of the Bill be delayed but they should first talk with leaders of the indigenous communities and also with noted intellectuals in the State to ensure that the communities get proper representation and provision be made for it,� Bora said.