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Inclusion of tribe in ST(H) category opposed
Correspondent
 HAFLONG, Jan 19 - Various tribal organisations of Dima Hasao district have strongly opposed the move of the Central government to include Bodos of Dima Hasao and Karbi Anglong in the ST(H) category, stating that the move would harm the unity and integrity among the people of the two districts.

 This was stated in a joint press meet held at the office of the Dimasa Students’ Union (DSU), Haflong on Tuesday by Kailen Daulagupu, president, Jadikhe Naisho Hoshom; Agnes Gorlosa, president, Dimasa Mothers’ Association; Pramith Sengyung, vice-president, Dimasa Students’ Union (DSU), Central Committee, HQ Haflong; Sanjeen Langthasa, reception committee, All Dimasa Students’ Union (ADSU); Neijaylal Khelma, president, Khelma Students’ Association (KSA).

They stated that a meagre 5% quota is reserved for ST(H) in Assam which is enjoyed by more than 16 tribes. The Bodo Kacharis, who are the second largest population in Assam, are already categorised as ST(P) and enjoyed a quota of 10% reservation in all spheres. If Bodos, who are economically, politically and educationally advanced are included into the ST(H), they would be enjoying 15% of reservation. As a result, the weak indigenous groups living in these two hill districts would be outnumbered and overshadowed.

Therefore, the inclusion of Bodo tribe in the ST(H) category shall be accepted only if the Government of India accepts the long-pending demand of the people of Dima Hasao and Karbi Anglong for a separate State.

They also mentioned that a memorandum on non-inclusion of Bodo tribe in the ST(H) category was submitted on August 25, 2015 jointly by Dimasa Students’ Union (DSU), All Dimasa Students’ Union (ADSU), Hmar Students’ Association (HQA), Hrangkhol Students’ Association (HkSA), Khelma Students’ Union (KSU) to Kiren Rijiju, Union Minister of State for Home Affairs.

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