Oppose to Clause-8 of BLT Accord picks momentum

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Joint orgs and KAAC to left for New Delhi on Dec. 7

Staff Reporter

DIPHU, Dec 4: Joint organizations comprising of Karbi Cultural Society (KCS), Karbi Lammet Amei (KLA) and Hills Tribal League (HTL) on Tuesday strongly opposed Clause- 8 of BLT Accord 2003 demanding Schedule Tribe (Hills) status for Bodos living in Karbi Anglong, West Karbi Anglong and Dima Hasao districts.  Representatives of the three organizations and Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council (KAAC) authority to meet chairman of National Commission for Schedule Tribes (NCST), Nand Kumar Sai on December 7, 2018 informed KCS president Chandra Sing Kro in the press meet held at KLA Office, Diphu.

Kro further said that the bill of BLT Accord of granting ST (H) status to Bodos living in the hill districts of Assam and subsequent discussion in the Parliament this winter session would be a smash up to the indigenous hill tribes living in the region. The government failed to implement our political right of Article-244(A) of the Indian Constitution but ready to grant the unwritten bill which is outside the purview of the Constitution is surprising. They are trying to follow divide and rule policy to suppress the indigenous tribals.  We appeal the tribe peoples to cooperate in opposing the said bill

HTL Chairman Saising Rongpi jump into the bandwagon said that since 2014 the HTL is opposing for granting ST (H) status to Bodos living in the hills districts of Assam. In the year 2015 when the Chairman of NCST Dr. Rameshwar Oraon visited Diphu for inquiry as per the BLT Accord we the joint organizations have submitted a memorandum to him opposing the exercise of dual status by a community. During his visit,  Oraon failed to meet the KAAC authority as they were not informed. After the news of ST (H) status to Bodos living in the three hills districts spread around hundreds of memorandum has been submitted by the social and students organizations but failed to get positive response.