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Karbi bodies reiterate autonomy demand

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  29 Aug 2017 12:00 AM GMT

By our Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, Aug 28: A number of Karbi organizations have registered their demand for forming an Autonomous State under Article 244 (A) comprising Karbi Anglong and Dima Hasao districts. They have also raised the demand for a CBI inquiry into all corruption cases in Karbi Anglong.

Members of the Karbi Students’ Association (KSA), Dimasa Students’ Union (OSU), Karbi Nimso Chingthur Asong (KNCA), Dimasa Women’s Society (DWS), Students and Youth Council (SYC), Students and Youth for Justice (SYJ), All India Students’ Association (AISA) and Women Council (WC) staged dhar at Dighalipukhuripar in Guwahati on Monday in support for their demand for autonomy and CBI inquiry into corruption. The organization sent a memorandum to the Prime Minister through the Kamrup (M) Deputy Commissioner.

The Karbi bodies, though their memorandum, reminded the Prime Minister the MoU signed among the Government of India, Dispur and the Karbi Students’ Association (KSA), Dimasa Students’ Union (DSU), North Cachar Hills Students’ Federation (NCHFS) and the ASDC on April 1, 1995. They said that 22 years had already elapsed after signing of the MoU but Dispur was yet to create any autonomous State for the two hill districts. “Therefore, a positive political solution addressing the core issue of Autonomous State under Article 244(A) of the Indian Constitution is a must for maintaining sustaible peace and development in geo-politically sensitive area like the two hill districts of Assam,” they said, and added: “…we would like to draw your kind attention of the reorganization of Assam and Northeast India in 1969, when the State of Meghalaya was created with the hill districts of Khasi Hills, Jayantia hills and Garo Hills of the then Assam. The then Lushai Hills also became the State of Mizoram and Aruchal Pradesh, Manipur, Tripura were also upgraded to full-statehood from Union Territories. The two hill districts of Karbi Anglong (the then Mikir Hills) and Dima Hasao (the then North Cachar Hills) which were administered under the same Sixth Schedule of the Constitution of India like the Khasi-Jaintia Hill and Garo Hills did not join Meghalaya, but were promised by the Parliament of India for the creation of an Autonomous State whenever required by incorporating Article 244(A) in the Constitution of India. But it has not been implemented till today. On the other hand, the Government of India has created the State of Jharkhand, Chatisgarh and Uttarkhand even though there was no parliamentary commitment or special constitutiol provision like Article 244(A) for making them states. Lately, the Government of India has created the State of Telenga despite the Shri Krish Commission constituted by the Government of India opposed to such creation.”

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