Boko: The All Rabha Students’ Union (ARSU) has vehemently opposed the Assam State Capital Region Development Authority Act (ASCRDA), 2017.
At a press meet, ARSU president Ramen Singh Rabha said that the ASCRDA abolished the rights of the indigenous people of Boko, Chaygaon, Palashbari and Rani. Hence, the ARSU, ARWC and ASDC had opposed the bill since the beginning. But on September 4, 2017, the State Government submitted the bill in the State Assembly and the bill was passed on September 15, 2017. On September 7, 2017, all the Rabha organizations meet the Chief Minister and he assured that he would not pass any bill which would abolish the rights of indigenous people, said Rabha.
But on September 4 this year after the first meeting of the ASCRDA, they were confirmed that the Governor of Assam had signed the ASCRDA bill on October 16, 2017 and the bill became an Act.
ARSU and other sister organizations have demanded the Government of Assam to exclude tribal belt, TSP and Rabha Hasong Autonomous Council (RHAC) from the purview of ASCRDA, 2017. In protest against ASCRDA, 2017, the ARSU and other sister organizations will burn the effigy of Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal at their offices in Kamrup district on September 10.