BY OUR STAFF REPORTER
GUWAHATI, Sept 26: Laying stressing on the need to safeguard the rights of the tribal population of the State, the Jajati Smriti Jagaran Samiti Assam (JSJSA) on Saturday highlighted various problems being faced by the tribal communities.
Addressing a press conference, the JSJSA said, “The tribal communities have been facing various problems since 1947. Though the government makes tall promises and claims that it has done a lot for the tribals, in reality very little has been achieved so far.”
The organization also highlighted that though the Karbis and Dima Hasongs living in the hill districts of Karbi Anglong and Dima Hasao respectively have been given the status of Hills Tribe, the Karbis, Hajongs, Dimasas, Chakmas, Riyang, Garos, Kashis, gas, Kukis and Sangmas living in the plains have no tribal status at all. They also lamented that the plain tribes living in the hills do not have tribal status.
Urging the government to me the Bhangagarh flyover after Bhimbar Deori, the organization said that Deori was a voice against inclusion of Assam in East Pakistan and had opposed Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru and Mohammad Ali Jinh’s move.
On the other hand, speaking on the issue of giving ST status to the six ethnic communities of the State, the organization said that they are shocked that these communities raised the demand after 68 years of independence. “If the government wants to give ST status to these communities without cutting the benefits being enjoyed by us, we don’t have any problem. We are shocked that some communities who have always stressed that they are above us in caste line are now demanding ST status,” they said indirectly pointing towards the Kalita community which started demanding ST status, of the late.