Assam CM Sarbananda Sonowal
Assam CM Sarbananda Sonowal during a meeting with Tai Ahom Coordination Committee in Guwahati.

The Group of Ministers (GoM) of the Assam government to finalise its report on the technicalities on granting ST status to 6 communities of the state soon, said chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal.

The Group of Ministers (GoM) was constituted for examining all technicalities on the matter for submission of a report to the Central government.

Assam CM Sonowal informed it to a delegation of the Tai Ahom Coordination Committee, Assam during a meeting at the Brahmaputra State Guest House in Guwahati on Monday.

During the meeting, the chief minister discussed various issues relating to the Ahom community.

The Tai Ahom Coordination Committee (TACC) delegation submitted a memorandum to the chief minister demanding expeditious measures for granting ST status, a satellite autonomous council for the community among others.

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Chief minister Sonowal while interacting with the delegation said the state government is fully committed to secure all rights and interests of the indigenous people of the state.

The government has already taken up a number of steps to realize all-round development of the Tai Ahom community, he added.

The CM said the central government also expressed its commitment to granting ST status to the six communities of the state and placed a bill in the Rajyasabha before the end of its previous term.

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Sonowal said the issue regarding a satellite autonomous council needs detail discussion and the state government would look into the matter.

The CM further said in the last meeting of the Council of Ministers, the state government decided to revamp the Tai Ahom Development Council with a higher allocation of the fund so that more steps could be taken to realize the aspirations of the community.

MP Topon Kumar Gogoi, MLA Chakradhar Gogoi and member secretary of SLAC for Students and Youth Affairs Lakhya Konwar were also present in the discussion.

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