Guwahati: The Assamese Bhojpuri Jan Parishad in Tinsukia urged the Assam Government to declare the ‘Bhojpuri’ community residing in Tribal belts and blocks of Assam as a protected class like the ‘Gorkha’ community.
In a letter to the Chief Minister of Assam, Himanta Biswa Sarma via Deputy Commissioner of Tinsukia district, Dharmendra Sharma, General Secretary, Assamese Bhojpuri Jan Parishad said, “It is very unfortunate for the people of Bhojpuri community, who are permanently settled in different Tribal Belts and Blocks of Assam will remain deprived of the land rights.”
The body also mentioned that even though the Bhojpuricommunity had contributed a lot to the development of Assam for many generations, the community has been facing stepmotherly behaviour from the Government, which is not tolerable.
Sharma also wrote, “We would like to state that on July 8, 2021, Assam Government declared that Gorkha was living in the tribal belts and blocks in the Bodoland Territorial Region (BTR) a protected class accorded them land rights to possess, buy, sell and transfer. We, therefore, demand to declare Bhojpuri community as a protected class, who are residing in the different Tribal Belts and Blocks are of Assam and accord them land rights to possess, buy, sell and transfer.”