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Assam assembly passes bills for creation of three autonomous councils

GUWAHATI: Assam assembly passed bills for creation of three autonomous councils which included Moran, Motok and Kamtapur Autonomous Council.

These proposals were mauled by the government at height of Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) protest early this year.

Meanwhile opposition congress in Assam has declared that if voted back to power in 2021 assembly polls cases slapped for participating in anti CAA protest will be withdrawn within one week of coming to power.

The assembly passing the proposal has led celebrations in some areas. Welfare of Plain Tribes and Backward Classes Minister Chandan Brahma said that this is a historic day as assembly passed three bills enabling creation of these councils.

Assam has three sixth schedule councils besides there are six development councils.

Assam finance minister, Himanta Biswa Sarma earlier has said,” Constitutional status will be given to six development councils which will enable these councils to get Central funding.”

Sonowal held separate meetings with different organisations that represent various communities. On receiving their memoranda, Sonowal assured the organisations that the government would take pragmatic steps for meeting their demands soon.

Two factions representing Koch Rajbongshi Students Union and eight other organisations representing the Koch RajBongshi community thanked the chief minister for the Kamtapur Autonomous Council.

Sonowal also assured that the government is doing everything possible to give a final shape to the Council at the earliest.

Leaders of four organisations representing the Garo community namely Garo National Council, Garo Students’ Union, United Garo National Council Movement Committee and Garo Sahitya Sabha met Sonowal and submitted a memorandum. Chief Minister Sonowal assured that for the overall development of the people belonging to the Garo community, the State government is committed as his government is working towards fulfilling all their demands including the demand of autonomy.

A team representing All Assam Adivasi Students’ Union met Sonowal and requested him to look into their long pending demands of granting them Scheduled tribe status.

Sonowal apprised them that the Group of ministers set up for the purpose, would soon send its final proposal to the Centre to bring a logical conclusion to their demands. Sonowal further informed the delegation that the bill had already been introduced in the Rajya Sabha which indeed is a reflection of the government’s commitment to do something constructive for the Adivasi community.

Leader of the Opposition in the Assam Legislative Assembly, Debabrata Saikia questioned as to why other communities like Ahoms, Chutiya and Tea tribes are deprived of autonomous council.

Senior Congress leader Rockybul Hussain questioned what happened according to ST status to six demanding communities for which the BJP government had promised to accord ST status to these communities.

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