KOKRAJHAR: Bodoland Janajati Suraksha Mancha (BJSM) on Tuesday said that the exclusion of villages from 6th schedule areas of BTC was against constitutional norms.
In a statement, the president of BJSM, Janaklal Basumatary said that the inclusion and exclusion of villages from contiguous bordering area of notified and accepted for BTC Sixth Schedule area by enactment of BTC sixth schedule Act, 2003, should not be on the basis of population ratio. He said that the boundary of BTC was determined by the Commission under para 14(2) of the Sixth Schedule of the Constitution and was accepted by the government and incorporated in the BTC Sixth Schedule Act, 2003.
"The boundary was determined as area covered by notified tribal belt and block in Chapter-X of Assam Land and Land Revenue Regulation, 1886 as amended in 1947 and tribal sub plan area notified for special plan development of tribal people. This boundary of BTC was created on the basis of notified tribal area on recommendation of duly created commission under para 14 of the Sixth Schedule of the Constitution for BTC Sixth Schedule tribal area administration under Article 244(2) of the Constitution of India," he said, adding that this constitutionally notified boundary of BTC on the basis of notified tribal area of Assam land law could not be disturbed by a simple agreement of BTR on population ratio basis.
Basumatary said that no inclusion and exclusion of villages could be done on the population ratio basis as provided in the BTR agreement as the boundary was determined on the basis of the notified tribal area under Assam land law and other government notifications for tribal area development. Accepted by the government and incorporated in the BTC Sixth Schedule Act, 2003, the Commission created for implementation of BTR accord without parliamentary sanction could not disturb the enacted notified boundary of BTC by exclusion and inclusion of villages of BTC on the basis of population ratio, the BJSM said, adding that it urged the Government of Assam not to implement this illegal clause of BTR accord, else the various tribal organizations would be bound to challenge it in the court of law.