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Mohilary holds clarification meeting with non-tribal organizations on land issue

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KOKRAJHAR, March 8: Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) chief Hagrama Mohilary chaired a meeting with various non-tribal student organizations for the second consecutive day at the BTC Assembly conference hall here to end the misunderstandings over the land rights issue in BTC on Thursday. The student representatives were from the All Assam Bengali Students’ Youth Federation (AABYSF), the All BTC Minority Students’ Union (ABMSU) and the All Santali Students’ Union (ASSU. Later, Mohilary discussed the same matter with the representatives of the Adivasi National Coordination Committee (ANCC) led by its general secretary Birsing Munda and chairman of Birsa Commando Force-Durga Hasda. On Wednesday, the chief of BTC met the representatives of Gorkha Students’ Union (AGSU) to discuss on the land issue.        
Talking to reporters, the chief of BTC, Hagrama Mohilary, while clarifying the BTC stand on the land issue, said the Executive Council meeting unanimously reiterated that the provisions of Assam Land and Land Revenue Regulation 1886 including Chapter X would be effectively implemented in respect of matter relating to land and land revenue in BTC area. He also said that the Koch-Rajbongshi of erstwhile Goalpara district of BTC area would remain as protected class of people as per government notification No.RSD.1/85/17, dated 29/4/1985 which has become part of Chapter X along with other protected class of people such as plain tribals, hill tribes, tea garden tribal communities, Santals, Scheduled Castes and Nepali cultivator graziers, as notified by the Government of Assam vide no.RD.69/46/19 dated December 5, 1947 and also the Nath Yogi community of Assam.