IPF pitches for bifurcation of NC Hills into two autonomous councils
SILCHAR, October 16: The Indigenous People’s Forum (IPF), North Cachar Hills, has served an ultimatum on the Chairman, Group of Ministers’ (GoM) Committee that it would launch agitation if their demands are not fulfilled by October 25.
In a memorandum addressed to Prithibi Majhi, Chairman of GoM, the IPF said that if the GoM did not take necessary initiative to address their demands on or before October 25, the organization would enforce its continuous agitation programme which is deem fit and proper even keeping the entire district unrest.
The IPF has demanded to arrange concrete formal talks with the organization for final settlement of bifurcation of NC Hills into two autonomous council within the framework of the constitution. The IPF in its memorandum also said that if any untoward incident occurs it will be the sole responsibility of the State government as well as the GoM Committee for its total negligence towards the genuine demands.
The forum has accused the GoM Committee Chairman of negligence for keeping hold of the talk for a year. The first and the last talk between the IPF and GoM Committee was held on October 30 last year under the chairmanship of Prithibi Majhi. “The talks held, as we feel, had no headway till date with no concrete solution that seems to be totally left unattended and is now of the limitation of anybody’s toleration and patient”, said the memorandum.
“The indigenous communities which comprises 65 per cent of the total population of NC Hills district feel betrayed by the Government of Assam and the GoM Committee playing the most unfortunate delaying tactics that has crossed the limit which is intolerable to the IPF General public,” the memorandum added.
Meanwhile, a general meeting of IPF will be held at Songpizang in Haflong on October 17 in connection with the memorandum given to the GoM Committee and to chalk out further course of action to be taken to accelerate the movement in support of its demand for bifurcation of NC Hills into two autonomous councils.
Source: The Sentinel