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DEMAND FOR AUTONOMY IN ASSAM

DEMAND FOR AUTONOMY IN ASSAM

Context

Demand for the creation of an autonomous State within Assam.

Details

The appeal to the Centre has been for the creation of an autonomous State for the Karbi Anglong region.

Administration of Scheduled and Tribal Areas:

  • There are two schedules (5th and 6th) of the Indian Constitution which entail the details about the control and management of the Scheduled and Tribal Areas.

Autonomous council

The Government of Assam have been taking various steps to accelerate development process for the welfare of Scheduled Tribe (ST) communities in the State through democratic decentralization of power and empowering the Scheduled Tribe (ST) communities to participate in the planning, monitoring and implementation of Tribal Sub Plan (TSP) schemes in grass root level by constituting Territorial Councils, Autonomous Councils and Development Councils for different Scheduled Tribe (ST) communities in the State.

The various Autonomous Councils constituted by the Government are under the following heads:

  • Territorial Councils under Sixth Schedule of Constitution of India
  • Statutory Autonomous Councils constituted under State Act
  • Territorial Councils under Sixth Schedule of Constitution of India

The Autonomous Councils are given varying degrees of autonomy within the State Legislature. In Assam there are 3 Autonomous Councils under Sixth-Schedule of the Indian Constitution. The 3 Autonomous Councils are:

  • Bodoland Territorial Council
  • Dima Hasao Autonomous District Council
  • Karbi Anglong Autonomous District Council

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