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Assam umbrella tribal body demands freezing of existing list of ST-Plain

The New Indian Express
08 October 2020

The body said the issue of the six communities – Koch-Rajbongshi, Tai Ahom, Chutia, Matak, Moran and Tea Tribes – should be resolved in a manner that will not hamper the rights of existing tribals.

GUWAHATI: The Assam government is facing stiff resistance to the proposal of granting Scheduled Tribe (plains) status to six communities.

The existing ST communities demanded that the government freeze the list of ST (plains) for good and resolve the issue of the six communities – Koch-Rajbongshi, Tai Ahom, Chutia, Matak, Moran, and Tea Tribes – in a manner that will not hamper the rights and interests of existing tribes.

The demand was made by the Coordination Committee of Tribal Organizations of Assam (CCTOA) at a meeting with a group of Assam ministers on Thursday.

“The list of ST (plains) relating to the plains of Assam should be frozen for good and notified separately. However, the government should take initiative to resolve the problem of the six communities and