|Tribals lambast Govt over Rehabilitation policy|
SUALKUCHI, Oct 22 – A mass rally organised by the co-ordination committee of different tribes on October 14 at Amingaon resolved to fight against the foreign nationals that had caused serious threats to the identity of the sons of the soil in Assam. The rallyists vowed to launch a massive agitational programme to save the indigenous identity of the native people.
Addressing the rally, Dr Kameswar Brahma, president of Bodo Sahitya Sabha said that the State Government settled the illegal Bangladeshis in the tribal belt of Assam and as a result endangered the rights of the people of different tribes. Lambasting the State Government, he said rehabilitation in the BTAD areas without valid land documents would not be tolerated.
The existence of Assam is secure because of the tribal people to protect their home State. He demanded the Central Government to declare Assam as a State of various ethnic groups. He criticised Education Minister Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma for depriving the tribal people from getting appointment in schools.
Delivering the welcome address, the chief convenor of the co-ordination committee, Biswa Nath Rabha dwelt at length on deprivation of tribal people from getting appointment in Government service, settlement of non-tribal people in tribal belts and tribal blocks in Assam, placement of foreign nationals instead of deporting them etc. He criticised the Government for its sympathy towards foreign nationals. He demanded early upgradation of NRC.
In his address, Dr Ranoj Pegu, president of Mising Megag Kebang said that the tribal people in Assam were living in a very critical situation. They were compelled to live in a state of fear and uncertainty, he said. This is because of the State Government is safeguarding the illegal migrants from Bangladesh who are coming in hordes to Assam. He criticised the State Government for rehabiliting these foreign national in tribal belts and other parts of Assam. He alleged that Hareswar Barman, Brajen Mahanta and Bhaskar Nandi, who were associated with non-Bodo organisations, supported the illegal Bangladeshis. He opined that the leaders of the ongoing agitation against foreign nationals should be broad minded and should follow the concept of my land, my village and my country.
The secretary of All Assam Tribal Sangha, Aditya Khaklary, while addressing the rally, said that Assam is the real address of the tribal people. Safeguarding of tribal people means the safeguarding of Assam. The people who do not possess valid documents should not be rehabilitated in the BTAD areas. If we attempt to settle the people without valid documents then Assam is bound to burn. He criticised the move to recognise job card, pan card, telephone bill etc. as valid documents of the people to be rehabilitated.
Anjali Daimary, president of Bodo Women Justice Forum, criticised some intellectuals who had tried to mislead the people accusing the involvement of the Bodo people in recent violence in the BTAD areas. Dr Samujjal Bhattacharjya, adviser of AASU and the president of NESO said that due to lack of sincerity of the Government in solving the alien’s problems, the people of Assam once again have come out to the streets. AASU has been launching agitational programmes since the last 27 years, he said, and urged the Government to clear its position regarding the latter on alien’s problems sent to the President of India by former Governor SK Sinha.
Moreover, the AASU leader called upon the State and Central governments to clarify their position regarding the verdicts on alien problem issued by the Gauhati Court and Supreme Court from time to time.
In the rally chaired by Bisweswar Basumatary, president of the co-ordination committee, Tulashi Bordoloi, adviser of Tiwa Sahitya Sabha, Tankeswar Rabha, president of All Rabha Students’ association, Kamakanta Musahary, general secretary of Bodo Sahitya Sabha etc. delivered thought provoking lectures.
The rally was attended by several hundred people.