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The two organisations from Karbi Anglong -- the Karbi Cultural Society (KCS) and Karbi Lammet Amei (KLA), on Tuesday raised several issues related to the Karbi people living outside the jurisdiction of the Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council (KAAC) and North Cachar Hills Autonomous Council (NCHAC).
The organisations had jointly submitted a memorandum to the Chief Minister of Assam, Sarbananda Sonowal, through the Deputy Commissioner of Karbi Anglong district.
Following are the "burning" issues laid in the memorandum:
1. Recognition of the Karbi tribe as a Scheduled Tribe in the area outside KAAC and NCHAC jurisdiction.
2. Formation of a 6th Scheduled Autonomous Council in Assam outside the areas of the jurisdiction of KAAC and NCHAC, comprising the areas where Karbis are in majority.
3. Declaring Dispur Legislative Assembly Constituency (LAC) as reserved for ST.
4. Issuing land pattas to the Karbi landholders.
5. The areas in Dimoria, inhabited by Karbis, should be kept out of the purview of the state capital expansion plan.
6. Allotment of land to Karbi Bangthe Asem for performing various festivals of the Karbis and sectioning of funds to develop infrastructure in the land.
7. Grant-in-aid by the state government for holding Dehal (Rongker) Kachirdom.
8. Appointment of at least 100 teachers for teaching Karbi language in the government-run schools in the area outside the jurisdiction of KAAC and NCHAC.
9. Karbi language should be made an associate official language of Assam.
The organisations have appealed the state government to consider the issues while coming up with a solution to the matter.
The memorandum was submitted by KCS president Chandrasing Kro, KCS general secretary Bidyasing Rongpi, KLA president Hiddhinath Rongpi and KLA general secretary Liladhar Teron, at the DC office in Diphu, Karbi Anglong.