Guwahati, Saturday, December 18, 2010

Mattaks seek ST status, autonomous state
Our Bureau
 DIBRUGARH, Dec 17 The newly formed Asom Mattak Yuba Federation (AMYF), has demanded of the Assam Government to grant ST status to the community, and also to carve out an autonomous Mattak state in areas where the community dwells.

 These and other demands were raised last Sunday, when a delegation of AMYF met Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi at his residence in Guwahati and presented a memorandum. Gogoi assured the delegation that all the demands of the organisation would be sympathetically considered and promised to meet leaders of AMYF again in January next year, to discuss the issues in detail.

In the memorandum, AMYF raised fifteen demands. Apart from the demand for ST status, autonomous state, the others related to quotas for students of the community in various educational institutions, employment avenues, establishment of a medical college, agricultural university and engineering college in Tinsukia, rehabilitation to flood affected families of the community, flood and erosion protection measures in the Tinsukia and Dibrugarh districts, a member from the Mattak community in the Assam Public Service Commission, establishment of a Mattak cultural centre, etc.

The delegation that called on the Chief Minister comprised AMYF advisor Dr Bijoy Bora, president Nipen Gohain, working president Amrit Rajkhowa, secretary Pronab Baruah, and executive committee members Thomas Baruah and Munin Chetia.