The Autonomous State Demand Committee (ASDC) and its allies, Karbi Students Association-Samson Teron and Karbi Nimso Chingthur Asong (KNCA) have submitted a memorandum to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh through the Deputy Commissioner of Karbi Anglong, urging the Central Government for creation of a hill state for Karbi Anglong and Dima Hasao in Diphu on Monday.
A procession was taken out from Semson Sing Ingti Memorial Park to DC office in which a large number of ASDC workers and supporters took part.
But the lack of real autonomy of the Sixth Schedule coupled with successive Assam government’s exploitation has manifested in growing deprivation and disadvantages for the people of two hill districts.
It pointed out that the fund allocation to the two hill districts has increased only to a limited extent after the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) of 1995 signed between the ASDC and the Centre and the Memorandum of Settlement (MoS) of 2011 signed between the disbanded United People’s Democratic Solidarity (UPDS) and the Centre.
The successive state governments have indulged in stifling the economy of the hills and creating avoidable political tension by not releasing funds in due time.
It further mentioned that due to absence of effective mechanism under the existing Sixth Schedule has allowed successive state governments to impose authority by them upon these two hill districts.
The memorandum also mentioned that due to absence of police protection in border areas, the neighbouring states and districts have encroached on the land of these two hill districts.
Since law and order and police subjects are under the control of State Government, the two Hill Autonomous Councils are toothless to protect their land and territory.
The memorandum also alleged that as the State Government is not providing police back up and encroachers are demographically burying the numbers of hill tribal communities and turning them into second class citizens in their homeland.
ASDC president, Holiram Terang and general secretary Jotson Bey; KNCA president Marina Beypi and KSA president, Samson Teron participated in the memorandum submission.