CM Sarbananda Sonowal to preserve the rights of tribal people

Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal (third from right) addressing the first meeting of Assam State Capital Region Development Authority along with the cabinet ministers at hanata Bhawan on September 4.

Guwahati, September 5: Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Tuesday said the government will take ample steps to protect the rights of the tribal people living within the Assam State Capital Region Authority (ASCRA) that was identified around Guwahati by passing a bill on the cabinet in 2017.

Sonowal’s assurance came after several autonomous councils have flagged concerns regarding the protection of the distinct identity of the indigenous people and maintaining their land rights.

In order to do so, Sonowal, in the first meeting of ASCRA also agreed to introduce certain changes in the ASCRA Act to bring more clarity on certain provisions regarding land rights of the indigenous people.

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In the first meeting of ASCRA held here yesterday, Sonowal said the Capital Region Authority was created with a vision to make Guwahati as the hub of South East Asian countries.

In the line of National Capital Region, Assam government is also developed State Capital region encompassing Guwahati that comprises 24 revenue circles of five districts – Kamrup (Metro), Kamrup, Nalbari, Darrang and Morigaon – with an area of 6137 sq km.

Sonowal directed the Guwahati Development Department to take necessary steps to address the doubts raised by the Autonomous Councils regarding preservation of distinct identity of the tribal people and maintaining their rights over land.