Guwahati, December 5: A delegation of the United Garo Autonomous Council Movement Committee(UGACMC) today moved Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal over creation of Garo Autonomous Council in Assam.
The delegation met the Chief Minister on Tuesday here at CM’s office in Guwahati.
“The Garo people are the second largest ethnic tribe after the Bodo community in Assam. Garos are the largest tribe in the Rabha Hasong Autonomous Council (RHAC) outnumbering the number of the Rabha community itself. Fulfilling the demand of a Separate Garo Autonomous Council in Assam can address the aspirations of the Garo community in Assam,” read a press communique by the UGACMC.
The Committee has further added that the several autonomous councils have been created in the past in Assam with relatively less population and lesser number of villages as compared to the Garo population and Garo villages.
“The Rabha Hasong Autonomous Council (RHAC), the Lalung Autonomous Council(LAC), the Missing Autonomous Council(MAC), the Thengal Kachari Hill Council, the Sonowal Kachari Council and the Deori Council are the Autonomous Council. Almost all the tribes except the Garos have been given Autonomous Council in Assam. The creation of these councils paves way for the creation of a new Garo Autonomous Council which would be much larger in area and would comprise larger population,” the Committee further added.
The UGACMC has also claimed that if the government fail to meet their demand they would boycott the upcoming 2019 Parliamentary election in 2019 and threatened to increase their agitation.