ST Status to 6 Communities Will Not Affect Existing ST Communities: Sonowal

Assam CM Sarbananda Sonowal said that both the central and state governments have taken sincere steps for according ST status to the six communities. Photo courtesy: Sonowal’s Twitter handle
Assam CM Sarbananda Sonowal said that both the central and state governments have taken sincere steps for according ST status to the six communities. Photo courtesy: Sonowal’s Twitter handle

Guwahati, January 29, 2019

Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal stated that granting Scheduled Tribe (ST) status to six communities of the state would be finalised without affecting the rights and privileges of the existing ST communities.

Addressing a delegation comprising of members of 14 organizations of the Koch-Rajbongshi community here on January 29th, 2019, he said that both the central and state governments have taken sincere steps for according ST status to the six communities to protect the interests of the indigenous communities and the unique identity of Assam. He also assured the delegation that the Constitution (Scheduled Tribes) Order (Amendment) Bill, 2019 would never harm the interests of the indigenous people.

“The Centre’s move to place the Constitution (Scheduled Tribes) Order (Amendment) Bill, 2019 in the Rajya Sabha itself reflected its commitment towards these communities as it was a permanent House that would ensure an uninterrupted continuation of the process,”Sonowal said.

Rajnath Singh’s promise

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh had assured that a Bill will soon be introduced in the Parliament to grant ST status to 6 communities which include Koch Rajbongshi, Tai Ahom, Chutia, Moran, Matak and tea tribes of the state.

It may be mentioned that the Centre’s plan for the Constitution (Scheduled Tribes) Order (Amendment) Bill, 2019, has evoked anger among tribal communities in Assam. The All Bodo Students’ Union also opposed the Centre’s move to grant Scheduled Tribes (ST) status to the six communities.