From our Correspondent
KOKRAJHAR, July 15: The Dhemaji district committee of United Bodo People’s Organization (UBPO) and Boro Kachari people of the district have strongly urged the State Government to evict all illegal settlers in the tribal belts and blocks and other land belonging to tribal communities in the State to ensure protection of their existence, saying that the illegal settlement in tribal lands had seriously threatened them of margilization in their own land.
In a memorandum sent to the Chief Minister recently, the UBPO demanded proper implementation of the provisions of Chapter X of Assam Land and Revenue Regulation (ALRR) Act, 1886 and to evict the illegal settlers and to ensure complete ban on transfer and illegal mutation of land to the unprotected classes of people in all tribal belts and blocks areas of Assam with immediate effect. The memorandum said that the tribal people were aware of the fact that the forest was the traditiol home to many aborigil tribes of Assam. The Boro Kachari is one of such tribe of Assam. They have been living in close proximity with ture for ages. Their lives depend on forest products and have been shielding the forest resources from onslaught of commercialized exploration by outsiders. The villages they built up around the forest should have every privilege as per revenue villages, the UBPO said, adding that the government should understand the importance of contributions of Boro Kachari people towards sustaible development and growth of tiol economy.
The Dhemaji district committee, UBPO and Boro people of Dhemaji district urged for issuance of land-titles to families of indigenous Boro Kachari tribe as per the Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditiolly Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Right) Act, 2006 with immediate effect.
The UBPO said after the independence of India, the Government of Assam has created 47 tribal belts and blocks to protect and secure the land rights of the indigenous tribal people of Assam. Since inception, these tribal belts and blocks had been constantly infiltrated and encroached upon by non-bofide people in large numbers and unprotected classes.
“There are stringent provisions in Chapter X of ALRR Act, 1886 which explicitly prohibit land rights to those who do not form part of the section 160, section 165 (1), (2), (3), which clearly states that such non-bofide classes of people if identified will be evicted forthwith,” the memorandum stated, adding that the implementing authorities concerned at all levels had not shown any sincerity and commitment to implement the Chapter X despite specific instructions from time to time from the Revenue (S) department of the Government of Assam for effective implementation of the same.
The organization demanded uplift and promotion of the Bodo language, literature and education in the entire State and demanded creation of the separate directorate for the Bodo medium education in Assam, provincilization of the Bodo medium LP, ME and high schools in the State, creation of the posts for subject teachers in Bodo MIL at the higher secondary level in the State, creation of the adequate number of lecturer and Assistant Professor posts in Bodo department in all provincialized and deficit colleges under all the State university in the State on need basis, an arrangement for special TET examition for the Bodo medium students outside BTC, stopping the detrimental anti-Bodo policy approach of the State Government in the appointment process of non-Bodo candidates in vacant posts in Bodo medium schools and appointment of Bodo knowing candidates in the provincialized Bodo medium schools in the State, and implementation of Bodo language as one of the official languages next to Assamese language in Assam.