ST Status | Assam Govt to constitute sub-committee

New Delhi, January 12: Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal met Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh here on Saturday.

The issue of Constitution (Scheduled Tribes) Amendment Bill was discussed in the meeting.

Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) chief Hagrama Mohilary, who was also present in the meeting, informed that the Assam government have been asked to form a cabinet sub-committee to look into the matter.

It may be mentioned that the Coordination Committee of the Tribal Organisations on 11 January enforced a bandh in Assam against the Bill to give Scheduled Tribe (ST) status to six communities in the state.

“The committee will take into view the opinions of the stakeholders before coming into a conclusion,” said Mohilary.

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The Centre’s plan for the Constitution (Scheduled Tribes) Amendment Bill, 2019, has evoked anger among tribal communities in Assam. The communities that are proposed to be included in the ST category are Koch Rajbongshi, Tai Ahom, Chutia, Moran, Matak and tea tribes of Assam.

The tribal organisations of the state opine that the Modi-government’s move would eliminate the genuine tribal people of the state.

Assam Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, Assam Tourism Minister Chandan Brahma, Bodoland People’s Front (BPF)’s Rajya Sabha MP, Biswajit Daimary and BJP MP Kamakhya Prasad Tasa was also present in the meeting.