Guwahati, March 17, 2019
Bodoland Peoples Front (BPF) Supremo Hagrama Mohilary dashed off a letter to Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) National President Amit Shah on March 17th 2019 raising some issues related to the BTC including the long pending demand of granting of the ST status to the six communities of Assam.
The BPF leader maintained that after the general elections, the Centre should pass the Constitution (Scheduled Tribes) Order (Amendment) Bill, 2019.
The six communities in Assam – Chutia, Motok, Moran, Koch-Rajbongshi, Tai-Ahom and Tea Tribes/Adivasis – have been demanding ST status for a long time now.
“The Scheduled Tribes Amendment Bill, 2019 which was introduced in the Rajya Sabha for the inclusion of six communities in the list of Scheduled Tribes of Assam was not passed due to constant disruptions in the Parliament. This Bill should be passed immediately after the general elections to resolve the long pending demand of these communities without affecting the rights and priviledges of the existing tribals as announced by the Home Minister in parliament,” Mohilary mentioned in the letter addressed to Shah.
The Constitution (Scheduled Tribe) Order (Amendment) Bill, 2019 was introduced in the Upper House of the parliament – Rajya Sabha on January 9th, 2019 but the House rejected it.
The senior BPF leader raised several other issues which included ‘Inclusion of Bodo and Karbi people in the list of Scheduled Tribes’, ‘Flood problem of Assam to be recognized and declared as National Problem’, ‘Solution of ULFA and NDFB problems’, ‘Introduction of Helicopter service at Kokrajhar’, ‘Construction of bridge over river Beki and Pagladia’, ‘Construction of Bodoland (National) Highway from Jamduar to Bhairabkunda’.