Tribal organizations calls for shutdown against bill granting ST status

Guwahati, January 10: The Coordination Committee of the Tribal organisations has called for shutdown on 11 January in Assam against the bill to grant Scheduled Tribe (ST) status to six communities of the state.

Assam has already been witnessing uproar over the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016.

The BJP-led central government’s move to pass the Constitution (Scheduled Tribes) Amendment Bill, 2019, has outraged the tribal communities.

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 alleged that the centre’s move would eliminate the genuine tribal people of the state.