Guwahati: In a major announcement that has non tribals of Karbi Anglong threatening protest, the Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council (KAAC) in Assam has announced that no non-tribal candidate would be allowed to secure government jobs in the district.
In an advertisement published in local newspapers on October 8, the KAAC, Central Selection Board, KAAC Secretariat, announced vacancy for 19 posts in the health and family welfare department under the council.
In the eligibility criteria, it was mentioned that the applicants must be a permanent resident of Karbi Anglong district since 1952.
“As proof of domicile, the candidate, he/she, must produce a domicile certificate issued by the assistant revenue officer (ARO) of the respective circle,” it read.
The ST (H) candidates have to submit caste certificates in lieu of domicile certificate, it stated further.
The vacancy are for one post of statistical investigator (Family Welfare), three posts of ANM, two posts of field workers, two posts of computer operators, seven staff nurse, two health educators, one ophthalmic assistant, one post of microscopic, one post of laboratory technician, five lower divisional assistants, nine leprosy injector, one ward boy, two peons, three GDAs, three IV and one post of chowkidar.
Non-tribal communities of Karbi Anglong have strongly protested the recruitment order of the KAAC authority.
The Sodou Karbi Anglong Zila Asomiya Bhashik Santha (SKAZABS) organised a protest meeting at Bakaliaaghat on October 16, where it resolved to move the Centre and state governments seeking justice for non-tribal people.
Thousands of people from Bakalia, Howraghat, Phuloni, Sunapura, Borbil, Belguri and Serakani took part in the meeting.
The non-tribal population in Karbi Anglong, which include Assamese and Bengali-speaking people, account for about 43 per cent of the population of the district.
“This order is illegal and unconstitutional,” SKAZABS president Akhil Hazarika said in the meeting.
“The authority should cancel the advertisement and issue fresh advertisement. If they do not cancel it we have no other option but to go for mass agitation,” he added.
On October 23, another meeting will be held at Bokajan to protest against the KAAC move, where more than 10 organisations will take part. The meeting is organised by All Karbi Anglong District Student Union (AKDSU), a unit of All Assam Students Union (AASU).
“We just want the government to ensure that the rights of the non-tribal communities living in Karbi Anglong are not diluted in any way. Our rights should be ensured like before,” said Bedanta Saikia, a leader of AKDSU.
“At present, we do not have land pattas. Non-tribals are not given land pattas here. So how can our children get domicile certificate?,” he questioned.
The KAAC is one of the three autonomous councils in Assam under the Sixth Schedule. which ensures protection of the rights of tribal people.
According to the 2001 census, the tribal population of Karbi Anglong was 4,52,963, which was 55.69 per cent of the total population of the district. The major tribal groups of the district are Dimasas, Bodos, Kukis, Thadous, Hmars, Tiwas, Garos, Rengma Naga and scattered population of Chakmas.
The sale, transfer of ownership in any means including gift, lease, permission to use, mortgage or to bond out any lands owned by non tribals in Karbi Anglong to any non-tribal has been banned by the KAAC.
The non-tribals have been living in this hill district since the British set up tea gardens here. Later, they came to work in government schools and other government offices and settled in different parts of the district. However, they still do not possess any land pattas.
On November 17, 1951, the United Mikir and North Cachar Hills District was created with some parts of the districts of Sivasagar (now Golaghat), Nagaon, Cachar and United Khasi and Jayantia Hills district of present Meghalaya.
The Mikir Hill district was again rechristened as “Karbi Anglong District” on October 14, 1976. Karbi Anglong District Council (KADC) was set up on November 17, 1951, and was renamed Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council (KAAC) on June 23, 1952.
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