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Mising bodies demand Sixth Schedule inclusion
 SILAPATHAR, May 13 – More than 10,000 activists of TMPK, MMK and TMMK voiced their demand for inclusion under Sixth Schedule and MAC polls at Silapathar Donyi Polo Cultural Complex on Saturday on the ‘demand day’ of TMPK.

According to the organisations, the TMPK submitted its 14-point memorandum to the Government of Assam, demanding creation of a Mising Autonomous Council under the Sixth Schedule of the Construction. The TMPK has been observing May 5 as its ‘demand day’.

The Mising Autonomous Council, constituted by the Assam Government by enacting an Act in the Legislative Assembly in 1995, is running on an adhoc basis till date without elections being held. No action has been taken on the report of the Cabinet Sub-Committee constituted by the State Government in 2003 to examine the demand for inclusion of MAC in the Sixth Schedule of the Indian Constitution. The organisations demanded the implementation of the report of the Cabinet sub-committee.

The organisations stated in the memo that the organisations supported the MAC (Amendment) Act, 2005, which provides for constitution of core areas and satellite areas of the MAC. The principle is that there should be 50 per cent ST population as a whole in the core/satellite area and not necessarily in individual villages.

The Gauhati High Court has already disposed off all such cases filed against the Mising Autonomous Council. The Government of Assam is not taking any concrete steps for holding election to the MAC even after the clearance of all the cases by the Gauhati High Court. The organisations demanded to publish the delimitation of MAC constituencies and hold democratic election.

There is strong public opinion as well as Mising organisations that no more interim council be formed with nominated members. The election of MAC should be held at any cost to allow the people to elect their representatives, the organisations felt.

Earlier, Pegu of Silapathar TMPK, Jagyeswar Kutum and Medini Mohan Kuli of Silapathar MMK, Kalpana Panging and Banti Pegu of Silapathar TMMK submitted a memorandum to the Chief Minister through SDO (Civil), Hema Kanta Pegu at Silapathar Police Station by listing their charter of demands.

The organisations TMPK, MMK and TMMK assured full support and co-operation to the State Government for holding of MAC polls and all-round development of all sections of people residing within the MAC area if the Govt takes steps to hold MAC polls.

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