Six tribal communities wait for ST status in Assam

Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal has said that his government is making efforts and a report on the granting of ST status will be sent to the Centre soon

Six communities in Assam namely Koch Rajbongshi, Tai Ahom, Chutia, Matak, Moran and Tea Tribes are hopefully waiting for the granting of Scheduled Tribe status to them by the government. In view of it, Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal has said that his government is making efforts and a report on the granting of ST status will be sent to the Centre soon.

The chief minister said that the state government is working to ensure granting of ST status to the six communities. He said the Group of Ministers (GoM) set up by the state government for preparation of modalities for granting Scheduled Tribe (ST) status to the six communities would soon submit its report after consultations with all stakeholders. The GoM report will then be sent to the Centre, he said.

Sonawal said in a meeting with a delegation of various organisations of the Moran Community in Guwahati on Saturday, that the proposed Autonomous Council for the Moran community would start functioning soon. He also said the history of the Moran community, its rich heritage, culture and its contribution to the growth of the Assamese society would be published soon. The state government has taken several actions for the holistic development of the Moran community, he added.

During the meeting, the Moran community submitted a memorandum of their demands to the chief minister. And a delegation of the Baghjan Milanjyoti Sangha also submitted a memorandum to the chief minister, demanding early sanction of compensation to the affected families of the Baghjan gas oil fire incident. Representatives of the All Assam Bengali Yuva Chatra Federation and the All Assam Gorkha Students Union also submitted their respective memorandums, highlighting their various demands.

The chief minister, meanwhile, assured the Baghjan Milanjyoti Sangha delegation to bring early solution to the issues and said it will discuss the matter with Oil India Limited authorities, according to reports.

 

First Published:Aug. 30, 2020, 12:24 p.m.