A joint delegation of Karbi Lammet Amei (KLA), Karbi Cultural Society (KCS) and Hills Tribal League (HTL) will meet the Chairman of National Council of Registrar of Scheduled Tribes and Schedule Caste in India (NCRSTSCI), Nandh Kumar Sai on December 7 in New Delhi to oppose Clause 8 of the Bodo Accord.
In a joint press conference held at KLA office in Diphu on Tuesday, the KCS president, Chandrasing Kro said, “The sad part is despite the 30 to 40 years of movement for Autonomous State by the people of Karbi Anglong, the government is going for implementation of Clause 8 for granting of ST (H) status to Bodos of Karbi Anglong and NC Hills, which has no provision in the Constitution.”
“The Karbis are demanding the Autonomous State under Article 244 (A) which is there in the Constitution, but the Central government is giving more privilege to Bodos. The Central government is more concerned with the 30,000 Bodo populations in Karbi Anglong than the cause of the Karbis demanding for autonomy,” he said.
He also pointed out that Ramesh Oram, when he was chairman, NCRSTSCI on November 17, 2015 had come to Diphu regarding Clause 8. Leaders of various social organisations including KCS, KLA and HTL met Oram on that day and urged him not to recommend for the implementation of Clause 8 by Central government for granting ST (H) status for Bodos of Karbi Anglong and NC Hills.
Tle KLA, president Suren Kramsa said, “What the Central government’s doing is unconstitutional. According to 1950 ST order there were two lists. The first list included names of 15 tribes. The Bodos is in the second list. Bodos by their way of living, agricultural activities and physical structure fully determined they are a plains tribe.”
“We are also preparing to hold a massive rally in Diphu to oppose the implementation of Clause 8 of Bodo Accord and if the government does not listen to us then there may be constitutional crisis,” Kramsa said.