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Tribal bodies unhappy with Clause 6 panel report

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GUWAHATI, Aug 18 - The State�s tribal bodies including several tribal student organisations have expressed resentment that a number of their demands � conveyed to the high-level committee on implementation of Clause 6 of the Assam Accord through a memorandum � have not reflected in the report prepared by the committee.

It needs mention that the committee report was made public by the All Assam Students� Union a few days back revealing a number of recommendations for providing constitutional, legislative and administrative safeguards to the indigenous Assamese population.

�We are consulting the legal experts to get thorough details of the implications of the recommendations made by the committee. However, looking from a layman�s perspective, a number of things which the tribal bodies expected from the high-level committee, are not included in the report,� Aditya Khaklari, chief convenor of the Coordination Committee of the Tribal Organisations of Assam said.

The tribal bodies have made demands like constitutional status to all the autonomous councils of the State, enhancement of the reservation percentage for the existing tribals, etc.

�We demand that land patta rights should be given to the tribal people occupying any land in any part of the State. As per the 2011 census, the population of ST (Plains) has increased in the State by 12.5 per cent. However, a proportionate reservation to the ST (P) people is still a far cry,� Khaklari said.

The tribal organisations have also demanded a North East Tribal University in Guwahati.

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Tribal bodies unhappy with Clause 6 panel report

GUWAHATI, Aug 18 - The State�s tribal bodies including several tribal student organisations have expressed resentment that a number of their demands � conveyed to the high-level committee on implementation of Clause 6 of the Assam Accord through a memorandum � have not reflected in the report prepared by the committee.

It needs mention that the committee report was made public by the All Assam Students� Union a few days back revealing a number of recommendations for providing constitutional, legislative and administrative safeguards to the indigenous Assamese population.

�We are consulting the legal experts to get thorough details of the implications of the recommendations made by the committee. However, looking from a layman�s perspective, a number of things which the tribal bodies expected from the high-level committee, are not included in the report,� Aditya Khaklari, chief convenor of the Coordination Committee of the Tribal Organisations of Assam said.

The tribal bodies have made demands like constitutional status to all the autonomous councils of the State, enhancement of the reservation percentage for the existing tribals, etc.

�We demand that land patta rights should be given to the tribal people occupying any land in any part of the State. As per the 2011 census, the population of ST (Plains) has increased in the State by 12.5 per cent. However, a proportionate reservation to the ST (P) people is still a far cry,� Khaklari said.

The tribal organisations have also demanded a North East Tribal University in Guwahati.

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