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ST status: 6 communities threaten Assam bandh

GUWAHATI, JUL 22 (AGENCIES) | Publish Date: 7/23/2018 12:15:09 AM IST
 The six communities seeking Schedule Tribe (ST) status in Assam-- Moran, Muttock, Tai Ahom, Koch Rajbongshi, Sootea and Tea Tribes have threatened to impose Assam bandh on July 23 and 24 after talks between Centre and its leaders failed to make any headway.
According to The Telegraph report, the organizations have also decided to organize a 12-hour hunger strike in New Delhi on July 30 in support of their demand.
Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Saturday tried to reach out to the six communities seeking Scheduled Tribe status by assuring them that the government would take the right call in “consultation” with their representatives.
They however alleged lack of seriousness on the part of the Centre to resolve the issue, triggering calls for bandhs and protests against the Centre’s indifference towards their demands. 
At a government-held function in Dhubri, Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal, according to a government communiqué, said both the central and state governments were working with “genuine” interest for the six communities seeking Schedule Tribe status.
Sonowal said the process “is getting prolonged due to technical complications” but “assured” that the government would take it “in the right direction” in consultation with the representatives of the six communities.

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