Guwahati: All Assam Tribal Sangha registering their protest against the move of Union Government to grant ST status to the tea garden communities in Assam, they asked the CM Tarun Gogoi not to give any such suggestion to the Centre to protect the interest of the indigenous tribal people of the State.
An entrustment of the co-ordination committee of the tribal bodies of the State meets Gogoi on March 16 and placed their demands.
Tribal Sangha said in a statement “The tea tribes communities and ex-tea garden labourers have migrated to Assam from the neighbouring State, and if they are granted the ST status, it would create a problem both for the State and the indigenous tribal people of Assam.”
The statement added that “The migrated people have already started large-scale encroachment of the forest land of Assam and if the situation is not controlled immediately, it would pose a big threat for the forest land and tribal blocks of Assam.”
The six-point demands of the Sangaha comprise the protection of tribal blocks and belts, increase the seat reservation for STs to 20 per cent from existing ten per cent, separate TET examination for tribal candidates, filling the accumulation of posts in a phased manner through a particular employment scheme, the statement added.