Tribal Body Opposes ST Bill; Demands Scraping Of Citizenship Bill

CCTOA staged 12-year-long hunger strike in protest against the St bill in Kokrajhar on February 12, 2019
CCTOA staged 12-year-long hunger strike in protest against the St bill in Kokrajhar on February 12, 2019. Photo: TIME8

Highlights

  • Coordination Committee of Tribal Organisations of Assam opposes ST Bill
  • The body demands scraping of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill

Kokrajhar, February 12, 2019

The Coordination Committee of Tribal Organisations of Assam (CCTOA) on February 12th, 2019 staged a 12-hour-long hunger strike in protest against the Bharatiya Janata Party-led central government’s move to implement the Constitution (Scheduled Tribes) Order (Amendment) Bill, 2019 to grant ST status to six communities of the state in Kokrajhar. The six communities are Moran, Motok, Tai-Ahom, Koch Rajbongshi, Chutia and Tea Garden communities.

Slamming the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government over the ST Bill, the protesters said, “The Bill, if implemented, would jeopardize the identity of the existing ST communities of the state.”

On the other hand, the protesters also demanded scraping of the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Bill which was scheduled to be tabled in the Upper House of the Parliament – Rajya Sabha on February 12th, 2019.

Former Rajya Sabha MP and UPPL president UG Brahma strongly opposed the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill and demanded early cancellation of the Bill. “The Centre has been trying to implement the Bill with vested political interest. The Centre should rethink on the issue,” he said.

The protesters also took out a rally demanding inclusion of Bodo language in the Central Teachers Eligibility Test (CTET) examination conducted by CBSE under the Ministry of Human Resource Development. Hundreds of students from different educational institutions joined the rally displaying banners and placards.