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State government working to meet demand of Schedule Tribe status to six communities: Sarbananda Sonowal

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GUWAHATI: Guwahati: Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said that State government has been sincerely working to meet all the demands including granting Schedule Tribe (ST) status to six communities and formation of Kamtapur Autonomous Council.

He also said that the group of ministers formed, would soon meet the leaders of the different organisations to send its final proposal of ST status to the Centre.

Meeting with the leaders of a few organisations belonging to Koch Rajbongshis, Sonowal said that both Centre and State governments are serious in meeting the demands of various ethnic communities with regards to their reservations and autonomy. Minister for the Welfare of Plain Tribes and Backward classes Chandan Brahma who was also present in the meeting apprised the leaders of the organisations that the State government has been sincerely working to accord different privileges and benefits to the ethnic communities.

Sonowal thanked the leaders of the Koch Rajbongshi to continue their 53 years old democratic deliberations in a democratic way. He also made it clear that Prime Minister Narendra Modi led Central Government including the State government have been working sincerely to solve various problems faced by different ethnic groups.

Sonowal said that though the Group of Ministers led by Health and Family Welfare Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma held several rounds of discussions with all stakeholders with regard to granting of ST status to six communities, because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic any further discussion could not be held.

He, however, maintained that this discussion with the leaders of Koch Rajbongshi would be very important in taking the demand to its final stage. Similarly, Sonowal also said that the formation of Kamtapur Autonomous Council would get constitutional status very soon as his government would introduce a bill to the State Assembly.

He also said that the Group of Ministers would seat for a discussion with all the organisations so that final call can be taken very soon regarding granting of ST status to six communities.

Sonowal also held meeting with the representatives of All Santhal Students’ Union, Santhal Sahitya Sabha and Santhal Language Teachers’ Association at Assam Administrative Staff College. He also received memorandums containing various demands from them.

Saying that the state government has been taking steps to bring equal development to all big and small communities in Assam, Sonowal stated that the previous governments failed to solve the issues afflicting various sections of the society.

The Chief Minister also assured that the state government would provide funds for construction of a hostel and a guest house for the Santhal community in Guwahati and he said steps would be taken for developing Santhal language and literature under Bhasha Gaurab Achoni.

Brahma stated that there would have been lots of lacunas in the process of granting ST status to six communities if the group of ministers was not set up for the matter. He also said the process would have had gained further momentum if the COVID-19 situation had not delayed it.

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